9/11- McLean County Remembers
September 11, 2021 marks 20 years since one of the most salient moments of the 21st century: 9/11. History was made on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, when four U.S. commercial airliners were hijacked by members of al-Qaeda in a coordinated attack that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and damaged the Pentagon. In total, 9/11 was the single largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on U.S. soil and the greatest loss of emergency responders on a single day in U.S. history. The United States formally responded to the 9/11 attacks by launching the “War on Terror” and invading Afghanistan, and countries around the world strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded the powers of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to prevent future terrorist attacks.

To commemorate this momentous date, the McLean County Museum of History (MCMH), in partnership with Normal Public Library (NPL), hopes to document how this national tragedy affected the people of McLean County, including where you were and how you felt after learning about the attacks. Please share your experiences and memories of 9/11/01 by answering the questions below.
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Describe your 9/11 experience. Where were you when you heard the news? What were you doing at the time? How did you feel?
How old were you in September 2001?
Where were you living at the time?
What actions, if any, did you take or participate in following the attacks (i.e. volunteerism, fundraising for victims, military service, memorial events and vigils, etc.)?
In what other ways did the 9/11 attacks impact your life?
What are your views on the “War on Terror” that ensued following 9/11? How did the war impact you, your community, and/or your family?
How do you envision future relations between the United States and Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern powers? How will these relations differ and/or remain the same in another 20 years?
What other reflections, memories, or information would you like to share?
Do you grant Normal Public Library permission to read your memories aloud for their 9/11 Oral History Recording? This recording will be played publicly as part of an interactive exhibit that will displayed onsite at NPL and streamed online through the Library's website. *
I agree to allow the McLean County Museum of History and Normal Public Library to share excerpts of my responses via social media (including Facebook, IG, and Twitter). *
What City, State do you currently live in? *
By submitting this form, I understand that my submission and name MAY be added to the permanent and publicly accessible archival collection of the McLean County Museum of History, at the discretion of museum staff. *
Thank you! If you have any questions or concerns, please email education@mchistory.org.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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