For those of us who lived through 9/11, the day’s events will forever be emblazoned on our consciousnesses, a terrible tragedy we can’t, and won’t, forget. Now, two decades on, Stacker is reflecting back on the events of 9/11 and many of the ways the world has changed since then.
The collection of some 22,000 personal artifacts — some on display at the 9/11 museum, and others on display at other museums around the country — provide a mosaic of lost lives and stories of survival: wallets, passports, baseball gloves, shoes, clothes and rings.
Among those with the most vivid memories of 9/11 are those who shared its stories with the world - the journalists. A 13 NEWS reporter happened to be in New York visiting her brother on that day, and filed reports for Topeka viewers in the aftermath.
“Just as we arrive, the South Tower was collapsing and everything went black, I had five patients just come right out of the smoke, three were police officers, two female and one male who has having a heart attack, and one civilian whose arm was amputated,” said Rosie.
Lauren Grandcolas was 38 years old and three months pregnant with their first child. She had traveled East to attend her grandmother’s funeral in New Jersey, and then stayed a few extra days to announce the pregnancy.