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Workers at World Trade Center
Workers at Ground Zero stand framed in shattered windows prior to the start of a prayer service on Sunday, Oct. 7
Photo: Reuters © 2001

Behind all of the stark statistics -- the number of victims aboard the hijacked planes, and the human losses at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and in a field in Pennsylvania -- are countless human sagas. Their stories chronicle terror, shock and bravery; miraculous escapes, numbing uncertainties and crushing losses.

Visit the NPR archives in the navigation bar to the right, and hear from the people who experienced the horror and the heroism of Sept. 11 and the days that followed.