"Wake up. The World Trade Center is gone."
That's how Sept. 11, 2001, started for Gwen Navarrete. And maybe for you, too.
The shared nature of the tragedy both broke and, paradoxically, strengthened the heart of a nation.
In a collaboration between Yahoo! News and Associated Content, we asked people like you to share again, nine years later, what they went through and what they learned (or didn't) from that terrible time. "Our day of infamy," Melissa Danysh calls it. She's one of many voices we heard from.
Read "First Person: The shared stories of 9/11" on Yahoo! News, and share your own memories and reflections by leaving a comment or publishing a your own article on Associated Content.
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