Kansas City Remembers 9/11

Alex Benson

Overland Park, KS – “On September 11th, 2001 I was a senior at Salina Central High School. For 1st period I served as a teacher's aid in physics lab. I was back in the lab grading ...”


Lenexa, KS – “On the morning of 9-11 I was on golfing on hole #2 of the Paola Country Club course. Someone drove up in a golf cart to tell us.”

Taylor St. Theos

Chicago, IL – “I am a Flight Attendant for United Airlines, and was at the time of the attacks on the United States. I was on vacation, and was up late the night before. That ...”

Gene Meyer

Fairway, KS – “I covered the insurance beat at The Kansas City Star when the attack happened. I remember going into that strange schizophrenia that afflicts news people on such occasions. Half my brain registered ...”

Levi Nwasoria

Kansas City, MO – “I was at the Fairemont Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana attending a seminar organized by the Casualty Actuarial Society. It was really sad to see many who had come from the New ...”

Joe McBride

Kansas City, MO – “I serve as media spokesman for the Kansas City Aviation Department. On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 I was driving by Kansas City Downtown Airport when I heard on the radio that a ...”

gary hall

blue springs, MO – “i was sitting in the barber chair in Des Moines.Iowa that morning waiting to get a haiecut and i saw the 1st plane fly into 1 of the towers.i immediately thought of ...”

Debbie Baker

Overland Park, KS – “I was at work at a local Overland Park company where I had worked for 23 years. I was laid-off approximately two weeks after 9/11. While I was very devastated by this, ...”

Tina Aspegren

Kansas City, MO – “The first tower was struck as my then-husband and I were getting ready that morning. I remember telling him there had been an accident. The second tower was struck before we left ...”

Danny Joe Gibson

Kansas City, MO – “I was headed to morning design/illustration class in my car, listening to the tick-talks of NPR. My CD player’s entrails were still hanging from a hole in the dash from the spring’s ...”

Josh Mourning

Roeland Park, KS – “I was in bed after a late night out during my junior year at K-State. My mom called and left a message on my answering machine ( didn't have a cellphone yet, ...”

Thom Warren

Staten Island NY, NY – “September 11, 2001, I awoke in my apartment in Staten Island NY and started to get ready to go into Manhattan for an audition. As I was making coffee, showering, etc., I ...”

Rob Arentsen

Chapel Hill, MO – “While the 9/11 attacks were occurring, I was flying from Kansas City to Dallas. There was nothing unusual on our flight. I did notice that the seat belt signs were on the ...”

Don DeCelles

Overland Park, KS – “On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was working out of town near Washington, D.C., on a consulting project. I was reviewing some project documentation in my office when I looked ...”

Lynn Powers

Fort Worth, TX – “My family and I were on a bus from Toms River, N.J., to New York City for a day of sightseeing. About 15 miles from the city, we received a call a ...”

Ruth Baum Bigus

Overland Park, KS – “I was working for the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, with offices in the Jewish Community Campus near Sprint. Someone came in about 8:50 and said a plane had hit the ...”

Michael French

Kansas City, KS – “I was a supervisor at UPS in Lenexa when one my loaders had 98.9 the rock on the radio and all of sudden, we hear Peter Jennings voice on the air and ...”

J Smith

Liberty, MO – “I was working for Schwanns, with a delivery route in KC, KS. It was the largest sales day I ever had, for the fact that so many people stayed home to watch ...”

Michele Latta

Shawnee, KS – “I was in Biology Lab at Benedictine College when Brother Larry announced to the class that two airplanes had flown into the World Trade Center towers in New York City. I was ...”

Shane Johnson

Olathe, KS – “I was working at Informix Software in customer service, and on the way to work I had heard on the radio that a plane had crashed into the first tower. Speculation on ...”

Roch Thornton

Overland Park, KS – “I was alone in the KansasCity.com newsroom updating the website while CNN played on the TV. Then CNN said a plane had hit the World Trade Center and cut away from some ...”

Michelle Latrice Harris

Kansas City Missouri, MO – “During the time the planes flew into the Twin Towers, I was having a baby, when the first plane went into the tower, the same exact time a baby girl was born ...”

Brian Long

Overland Park, KS – “I was in fifth grade at Oxford Park Academy, and that morning I had been dropped off early. When I arrived, the classroom TV was on with the news reporting that a ...”

Zach Valder

Maple Grove, MN – “I was driving on Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway, Kansas. I was living in Olathe, Kansas, at the time and on my way to work at H&R Block. I was soon to ...”

Erik Zobrist

Lovettsville, VA, VA – “I work for the Feds (yes, I'm here to help) in Silver Spring, MD, but consider KC /Independence where I was raised. That Tuesday was a busy day as usual. We had ...”


Kansas City, MO – “I was a junior in high school and was in 1st hour band preparing to go outside to practice our field show. As we sat there getting ready, the principal made the ...”

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