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9/11: Where were you when the towers fell?

By Melissa Bell
Cameron Kingsberry, 12th grader, and Alicia Underhill, 11th grader, spray paint stones surrounding the spirit stone outside Langley High School on September 9, 2010 in McLean, Va (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Updated, September 11, 2010, 2:00 p.m.

Yesterday we put a call out on Twitter asking where you were on September 11, 2001. We marked the tweet with the hashtag #wherewereyou. Today, that tweet is a top trending Twitter topic around the world (see the tweets come in below) and more than 200 people just on our blog have shared longer memories here. People are reliving 9/11 on a national scale. And the stories from around the world all say: "I was there too. I was heartbroken too."

"As you read through the Twitter stream, you gain perspective. The day comes flooding back. Life is valued," journalism professor (and Washington Post alum) Steve Fox wrote on his blog about the hashtag.

Thank you for sharing your stories with us and we look forward to seeing more tweets at #wherewereyou.

September 10, 2001, 1:30 p.m.

"I was late to work at the Pentagon. I heard the news when I was 10 minutes away."

"7th grade gym class and they wouldn't let us turn on the news."

"13th & K, wathcing the Pentagon smoke behind the Monument."

"I was in my 10th grade NSL government class. I will never forget that day. It replays more vividly than yesterday."

We asked our readers a simple question: "Where were you?" and the recollections have come pouring in.

It has been nine years since two planes hit the World Trade Center, one plane hit the Pentagon and one plane crashed in Pennsylvania, but the memories of that September morning are as distinct as the blue sky that day.

Lisa Jain wrote: "0n 9/11 2001 I was at the Pentagon, 100-150 feet from the impact and explosion. On 11/22 1963 I was in my high school homeroom in California when the principal announced over the intercom that the President was first shot and then later that he died."

Cpwdc wrote: "I remember driving past the Pentagon on 395 when the DJ on the radio said something about a day that will live in infamy. I was only half-listening so I initially thought he was cracking a joke about the Redskins' bad loss that weekend."

Californian11 wrote: "At first we thought it was fake. I commented that it looked like a Bruce Willis movie. Then we thought it was an accident. Then we realized."

Read more here and let us know where you were too.

(Thanks to @SenAnthony, @kroberts10 , @stuartberlow, and @GenialInsanity for the quoted tweets!)

Update: We took down the Twitter feed as the #wherewereyou trend shifted off 9/11 stories, but it was a great experience and thank you for sharing your stories with us.

By Melissa Bell  | September 10, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
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