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Remembering 9/11

“John and Joe." Video courtesy of StoryCorps

No one needs to be reminded that this Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11. As we sift through the innumerable commemorative articles, exhibits, blog posts, and installations, we are shaken into remembering what that day really felt like, what the loss really meant.

As our own tribute, we’re sharing a few of the more powerful 9/11 pieces we've come across, courtesy of StoryCorps. Founded in 2003 by David Isay, StoryCorps began as a simple sound recording booth in New York’s Grand Central Station. Two people would enter the booth---a grandparent and grandchild for example, or husband and wife---one interviewing the other to draw out and record his or her personal story. The organization has since expanded across the nation, recording more than 30,000 interviews in the process. Each story is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, creating an incredibly diverse oral history of the United States.

In 2005, StoryCorps launched its September 11th Initiative, designed to record stories from those who lost family, friends, or colleagues in the attacks. The aim is to eventually record one story for every individual who was lost that day; to date, nearly 600 victims have been memorialized. The accounts shown here have been animated by The Rauch Brothers, and are at once completely heartbreaking and piercingly beautiful. At a moment like this, when words can feel clumsy and insufficient, these voices manage to say it all.

“She Was the One." Video courtesy of StoryCorps
"Always a Family." Video courtesy of StoryCorps
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