IT may be 20 years ago, but we will never forget what we were doing, where we were and our thoughts and feelings on the dreadful day of the 9/11 attack.
We asked our readers what their memories are of that day, with many describing how shocked they were when they saw and heard live reports on the television and radio.
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Sarah Young, from Abingdon, panicked when she heard the news because she thought her brother was working in the building next to one of the towers.
She said: “I will never forget this day. I was waiting frantically by the phone at home, waiting to find out if my brother was safe. He was supposed to be working in the building next to one of the towers that got hit. Those hours of not knowing were the worse few hours of my life. Luckily he had called in sick that day.
“The hours trying to get hold of him and my sister-in-law were just so scary. I remember watching it unfold – so devastating.
“R.I.P to all those people who lost there lives that day.”
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Another reader, Chris Topher, said he felt ‘sick to his stomach’ when he heard the news.
He said: “I drove home from Kidlington after purchasing a brand new VW Golf, and my next door neighbour, whose husband was in New York City with their son, raced out of her house and flagged me down. She told me what happened, and I followed her inside her house, where moments later, the second plane hit the other tower.
“I felt sick to my stomach. After watching the towers collapse, I remember that I felt strangely numb. My neighbour was frantically calling her husband, but no reply.
“After three hours, her husband called to tell her they were safe in Pennsylvania, as they had left New York the previous day.”
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Graham Lambourne, from Oxford, was at work when his wife told him to watch what was happening on the television.
He said: “To this day it still feels a bit like a disaster movie. A day that changed the world forever.”
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