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Where were you on 9/11? People reflect on their vivid memories

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- On the anniversary of that tragic day, many people are reflecting on their experiences and where they were when they heard the news.

Talking with people about 9/11 always brings up vivid memories. People have detailed descriptions of exactly where they were that morning and what they experienced on that devastating day.

When those planes struck eleven years ago, first responders risked their lives to save others, thousands of people lost their lives and families spent days looking for their missing loved ones. People across the U.S. and the world experienced it in their own way.

Here are some of their memories.

Erika Francois was in seventh grade and trying to make sense of what was happening.

"I didn't quite understand the seriousness of it until we saw the news and people were jumping and they were trying to go into the buildings and the towers fell. That's when I realized how serious it was," says Francois.

Monty Hipp was about to get on a plane in Nashville.

"To see all the events that unfolded that led to me not being able to leave for the next several days. It was about four or five days till I was able to fly back home. Very poignant time because I was actually getting ready to get on a plane," says Hipp.

Andy Finley was just six months into his new jobs as a Kennewick firefighter when he heard the news.

"Got the call in the morning from our battalion chief that he told us to, first of all, make sure we had a lockdown of the stations because there was a terrorist attack in New York," says Finley.

Stella Kiddoo knew someone who died in the Pentagon crash.

"About an hour later we found out the some of really good friends of ours was on the plane that went into the pentagon. And from there on it's a blur," says Kiddoo.

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