"It felt like I had a knife stuck in the middle of my brain. "

Staff Sergeant Jon Meadows, who suffered traumatic injuries during his last tour of duty, remembers a fallen friend.
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Staff Sergeant Jon Meadows, who suffered traumatic injuries during his last tour of duty, remembers a fallen friend.
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Discovery
Friendship
Memory Loss
Struggle

"When you came home, if it's not best day ever, it's top five."

Navy Lieutenant Mark Radlinski speaks with his brother, Lieutenant Luke Radlinski, about Mark's deployment to Iraq and his homecoming.
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Navy Lieutenant Mark Radlinski speaks with his brother, Lieutenant Luke Radlinski, about Mark's deployment to Iraq and his homecoming.
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Yasmina Guerda

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Nina Porzucki

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The Service Project

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Military
Work

"She said, 'Stacy, I've gotta go,' and she hung up on me."

Stacy Thedans remembers the last phone conversation she had with her mother on the morning of September 11, 2001.
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Stacy Thedans remembers the last phone conversation she had with her mother on the morning of September 11, 2001.
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Yasmina Guerda

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Justina Mejias

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National September 11 Memorial & Museum

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Military
September 11

"My dad had a fair amount of self-confidence and bravado."

Erin Ryan remembers her father, Congressman Leo Ryan, who was assassinated in 1978 while on a fact-finding mission to Jonestown, Guyana.
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Erin Ryan remembers her father, Congressman Leo Ryan, who was assassinated in 1978 while on a fact-finding mission to Jonestown, Guyana.
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Struggle
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"He had long eyelashes that any woman would die for."

Andrea Doctor remembers her husband, Johnny Doctor Jr., who was killed at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Doctor was an information systems technician first class in the United States Navy.
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Andrea Doctor remembers her husband, Johnny Doctor Jr., who was killed at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Doctor was an information ...
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Vanara Taing

Facilitated by
Susan Lee

In Partnership with
the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

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Military
September 11

"She didn't speak English but she understood 'A.'"

Congressman Raul Grijalva talks to his daughter Marisa about his mother's influence on his education.
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Congressman Raul Grijalva talks to his daughter Marisa about his mother's influence on his education.
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"We couldn't afford to buy toys."

Secretary of the Interior, Kenneth Salazar (R) and his brother, Congressman John Salazar (L), talk about growing up in a family of eight children.
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Secretary of the Interior, Kenneth Salazar (R) and his brother, Congressman John Salazar (L), talk about growing up in a ...
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"One thing that I do remember, very vividly and clearly, is the impact."

Racquel Kelley talks about working at the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001. At the time, Kelley was the mother of an 8-month-old son.
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Racquel Kelley talks about working at the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001. At the time, Kelley was the mother ...
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Justina Mejias

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September 11

"Everything I touched burned my hands."

John Yates was working at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. His office sustained a near-direct hit from American Airlines Flight 77, and Yates suffered burns on almost 40 percent of his body.
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John Yates was working at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. His office sustained a near-direct hit from American Airlines Flight 77, and ...
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Rose Gorman

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September 11

"It was one of those miracles at The Wall."

Allen Hoe remembers meeting Major Paula Couglin, an Army nurse, at the 2005 Memorial Day services in Washington, D.C. Hoe's son, First Lieutenant Nainoa Hoe, was killed in Iraq earlier that year.
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Allen Hoe remembers meeting Major Paula Couglin, an Army nurse, at the 2005 Memorial Day services in Washington, D.C. Hoe's ...
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Katie Simon

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Naomi Greene

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Discovery
Military

"Jimmy, tell me how it all started."

Tim Russert interviews fellow Buffalo-native, James T. Molloy, retired doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Tim Russert interviews fellow Buffalo-native, James T. Molloy, retired doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Michael Garofalo

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Kayvon Bahramian

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Friendship
Growing Up
Work

"The strangest thing is that I don't have a separate memory from her."

Caroline Satchel and her sister Janice Morris talk about being identical twins.
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Caroline Satchel and her sister Janice Morris talk about being identical twins.
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Identity

"I was typing, and he kept looking at my legs."

Peggy Edwards to her granddaughter, Cinema Wood.
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Peggy Edwards to her granddaughter, Cinema Wood.
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Griot
Romance
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"Opening day, 1956. It was the Yankees versus the Senators..."

Charlie Brotman tells his friend Tom Wiener about his first day as a baseball announcer.
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Charlie Brotman tells his friend Tom Wiener about his first day as a baseball announcer.
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"People ask me, 'How come he's not an American and he invent a hot dog vending machine?'"

Ukrainian immigrants Slava Leykin and her husband, Leon, talk about their business.
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Ukrainian immigrants Slava Leykin and her husband, Leon, talk about their business.
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"What was the saddest moment of your life?"

Ezra Awumey to his grandfather, Sam Harmon.
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Ezra Awumey to his grandfather, Sam Harmon.
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