Greensboro, NC -- It's been 11 years since the day our lives and our nation changed forever.
On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked our nation using our own planes.
They crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a field in Shanksville, PA, after brave passengers fought hijackers and crashed it before another building could be attacked.
The people who lost their lives that day -- passengers on planes, people in buildings, and first responders --their stores will never be forgotten.
However, that day impacted everyone in very different ways.
We asked Triad residents to share their stories about 9/11.
"I remember exactly. I just got out of a test," said Dominique Miles. "I thought about family who lived in New York."
"I remember actually going into my classroom and my teachers saying, 'everybody get back to work'," said Ashley Watkins.
"My dad woke me up at 5:30 in the morning and told me to turn on the TV," said John Mattey. "We sat there in awe and just watched it."
"I saw the look on my teacher's face. I saw how upset she was," said Emily Haynes.
"He said something like, 'this is history right now'," said Taylor Scisco.
"I was driving around central division, I believe, and I was listening to the radio and heard it come over the radio," said Douglas Campbell with the Greensboro Police Department.
"He said turn on the TV, and I did, and that's when I saw the second plane fly into the tower. It was absolutely surreal," said Phillip McDonald.
"You just couldn't believe that somebody would do something like this," said Watkins.
But people also remembered how they felt after 9/11.
"The days and the weeks following, you really felt a sense of pride in the country," said Andrew Tuttle. "I think that's the biggest sense of patriotism that I've ever felt from this country."
"I remember the fire department was hit pretty hard about that," said Campbell. "They got out the biggest flags they could get and they were flying them on the back of their fire trucks. And I was really glad they did that. I was glad they were thinking about the firefighters who lost their lives up there."
"It was one of those times where I think you really start to appreciate what it's like to live in America and some of the values that we take for granted here in the US," said Scott Hondros.
"It's a day I will never forget," said Donald Dunn.
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