20 years later, students and faculty reflect on a day that few have forgotten

By Ava Pukatch

Then-Chancellor James Moeser leads a memorial service at UNC September 12, 2001. (UNC University Relations)

At 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  It was the beginning of a shocking and somber day – one that almost everybody who was alive that day still vividly remembers.  Most students at UNC today either hadn’t been born yet or were too young to know what was happening 20 years ago.  

We hear 9/11 recollections from UNC graduate student Isaac Klein and East Carolina University student Melissa Rafanello, who were in New York during the attacks, as well as UNC Band Director Jeff Fuchs, who was in Chapel Hill.

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