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20 Years Later: Vermonters Reflect On 9/11

A white flower lies on a black surface with the words Flight 175 on it, and with the New York City skyline in the background
Mike Segar
Associated Press File
The memorial plaza at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 12, 2011, the first day it was open to the public 10 years after the terrorist attack. The events of 9/11 affected people in many different ways. This fall, VPR will share stories of how Vermonters experienced and were changed by 9/11.

The events of 9/11 unfolded nearly 20 years ago. Almost everyone who is old enough remembers where they were when they heard the news, and can recall what it felt like to live through the aftermath. But for some of us, 9/11 changed the trajectory of our lives — in ways both large and small.

VPR wants to hear how 9/11 changed YOU. We are hoping to gather stories and perspectives from a wide variety of Vermonters, people whose experiences and reflections perhaps haven’t been heard before.

You don’t have to have been in Vermont at the time; perhaps 9/11 spurred you to move to Vermont, or move back here. Some Vermonters lost loved ones in the terror attacks. Many Vermonters deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with the Vermont Guard or other armed forces in the long wars that followed. And some people found that even without a personal connection to the tragedy, it reverberated in interesting and long-lasting ways.

So tell us how 9/11 made an impact on your life. We’ll be collecting stories this summer to share online and on air this fall. You can submit audio files, photos, videos and written reflections by filling out the form linked below.

Submit your story here.

You can also share your story or ask us to follow up with you by writing to share@vpr.org.

If you don’t have a story you’d like to share, we could use your help getting the word out to others who might! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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