It was a day that changed the world as we knew it. On Sept. 11, 2001, out of a clear blue sky came an attack that would bring America to its knees. Countless lives were changed forever. It would start a war that would span two decades. And now, 20 years later, Connecticut remembers.
The NBC Connecticut team has put together a collection of stories commemorating the attack, the heroics of those who responded, the lives lost and the legacy that has grown over the years. You can watch the special, "Connecticut Remembers 9/11, 20 Years Later," a number of ways.
- Watch the special here, then scroll down for more stories and digital extras
- Watch on your Roku device: add the NBC Connecticut channel to your collection, open the channel and select "Connecticut Remembers 9/11, 20 Years Later"
- Watch on your Apple TV device: download the NBC Connecticut app to your collection, open the app and select "Connecticut Remembers 9/11, 20 Years Later"
To learn more about the 9/11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero, click here.
Reflections: Your Thoughts, Your Words 20 Years After 9/11
If you are old enough to remember what happened on September 11, 2001, you will never forget it. Everyone has a story about where you were, what you were doing and how you were feeling on that terrible day. Many of you reached out to NBC Connecticut to share how that moment 20 years ago changed you - and changed our world. Take the audio journey here.
Memory of Woman Killed in 9/11 Lives on Through Her Voice
Melissa Harrington-Hughes left an emotional message for her husband on 9/11 that would eventually be heard around the world. Harrington-Hughes went to high school in Connecticut at Suffield Academy. She became one of the faces and voices forever connected to Sept. 11. See more on her story here.
Longtime Wethersfield Resident Transforms 9/11 Into a Positive for Her Community
Wethersfield resident Judy Keane lost her husband on 9/11. Since then she has made it a mission to turn the tragedy into something positive for her community. As we mark 20 years, she and a team of volunteers created a memorial exhibit to honor the lives lost and to teach those who may not remember the events of that day. See more on her story here.
First Responders Suffer Long-Term Health Effects of 9/11
There were 2,977 lives lost at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and inside the four hijacked planes on Sept. 11, 2001. But not all the heroes of 9/11 died on that one day. An estimated 400,000 people were exposed to the toxic cloud in lower Manhattan. The federal program tracking 9/11-related illnesses has more than 81,000 emergency responders, Ground Zero workers and volunteers enrolled, along with over 30,000 survivors who worked, lived or went to school nearby. Learn more here.
Digital Exclusive: NBC Connecticut Reporter Reflects on Covering 9/11
There are just a handful of Connecticut television reporters who covered the terrorist attack at the twin towers who are still working in our state. Among them is NBC Connecticut Chief Investigative Reporter Len Besthoff. He shared his personal story to make sure those who are too young to remember that day understand what happened, and so this country never forgets. More here.
A Living Time Capsule: PATH Train Car Pulled From Ground Zero on Display at Shoreline Trolley Museum
A PATH Train car that survived the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11 is now on display at a living time capsule at the Shoreline Trolley Museum in East Haven.
Digital Extra: A Conversation With Local Teachers Teaching on and After 9/11
It isn't every day our teachers have to live through the history they must now teach our children. But for those who were in the classroom the morning of Sept. 11, they too learned some lessons that will stick with them for a lifetime. See an extended version of that story here.
Teaching 9/11: The Vow to Never Forget Finds Its Future
Today's educators have the duty of teaching the events of 9/11 to students who now were not born in 2001, or too young to remember. Hear from students’ perspectives on the event and meet a student whose mom survived the attacks at the World Trade Center while she was pregnant with her. More on that story here.
From the Archives: A Survivor's Story, 10 Years Later
Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, NBC Connecticut caught up with survivor James Vasquenza at his New York office.
Finding Perspective: Man Who Fled Violence in Bosnia Shares His Thoughts on 9/11
Twenty years ago a Bosnian boy arrived in the U.S. thinking he was safe from the violence in his country. Hours later he witnessed the World Trade Center under attack.
Honoring Connecticut's Victims of 9/11
At the state’s official memorial in Westport, 161 people with ties to Connecticut are remembered. On Thursday, they honored those victims in a ceremony. Learn more here.
Retired Pentagon Employee Describes the 9/11 Crash 20 Years Later
It was Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Richard Shiffrin was at the Pentagon where he was deputy general counsel for intelligence in the Defense Department. He shared his personal reflections on the event and said he thinks about it more than years past as we mark the 20-year anniversary. See more here.