Remembering September 11: How America Has Changed

"Nothing will ever be the same" was our constant refrain after the terrorist attacks. But how different are we today, really?

By Reader's Digest Editors from original and

How did 9/11 change you? We asked our Facebook fans—but tell us your story in the comments below.

≫ I pay more attention to the people around me when I am in a crowd. Jane Carder

≫ We now avoid air travel because of the hassles involved. Terri DuVal Riffle

≫ I honor military, police, firefighters, and other service people and try to remember to say thank you when I see them. Andrea Pandeloglou Smolin

≫ I was 14 and could not wrap my mind around the tragedy. Years later, we went to see Flight 93 in theaters, and I finally cried. Stephani Blair

≫ I had been to the Twin Towers in 1984, so I often think it could have been that day I was there. I moved closer to my family. Dorothy Elizabeth Pine Mets

≫ My partner and I were on duty as paramedics. We watched a man pass out hundreds of U.S. flags to drivers on the street. I saw something I had never before seen personified: pride, love of country, solidarity, determination. Tears ran down my face. I knew America would not only survive but recover, overcome, and thrive. I’d always loved my country, but that day I fell in love. Tammy R. Musgrove

≫ We don’t travel far from home anymore. Sheila Halet

≫ I realized life can never be taken for granted. Nancy Shaftang, Sabah, Malaysia

≫ It helped me meet my husband. Partly because of 9/11, he was inspired to join the Army. During his first deployment to Iraq in 2006, we met online. We married in 2007. Angela Metcalf, Tucson, Arizona

≫ My wife and I joined the St. Peters, Missouri, Community Emergency Response Team to help both our neighbors and the brave men of the fire and police departments in case of a disaster. Arizona Scott Epstein, St. Peters, Missouri

≫ My eyes were opened to the cruel, scary world that existed outside the safety of my small town that day. Being in only the sixth grade, I felt like a huge chunk of my innocence was taken by the terrorists. Miranda Reid, Ackerman, Mississippi

≫ It was a reminder that we should not wait to say “I love you” to our loved ones. Pamela Madrid, Manila, Philippines

≫ It opened my eyes to the fact that America is not invincible, which was a very scary feeling. Kate Nessler, Cincinnati, Ohio

≫ I found myself examining what freedom really means to me. I realized we are not one world, as much as we would like to be. Stephen Greg Legat

≫ I became more world-aware instead of self-aware. I’ve lost a lot of my self-entitlement. Annamarie Cardinal

≫ I have learned that Muslims in other countries were also horrified and grieved on 9/11. It is past time we understood that fact. Susan Diane Cain

  • Your Comments

    • bekasair

      the most greatest war starter of all. god bless america?

    • commonsense@apl.com

      The USA is the largest police state in world history, far outpacing Nazi germany.
      We are complacent sheep, drones watched by drones.

    • mtj3134

      After 9/11 we all lost out…. Invading the wrong country, the Patriot Act, Homeland Securtiy and the TSA..
      All ways in which to inhibit our freedom and all ways that the bad guys will find a way around.