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'Where Were You?' A Simple Question Leads to Social Healing on 9/11

NBC News staff camera man Jim Long asked his Twitter followers on Thursday "Where Were You?" The responses flowed in on the 13th anniversary of 9/11.
The Tribute in Light rises behind the Brooklyn Bridge and buildings adjacent to the World Trade Center complex, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 in New York. The tribute, an art installation of 88 searchlights aiming skyward in two columns, is a remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Mark Lennihan / AP

Thirteen years later, we are still healing.

On Thursday morning, NBC News staff cameraman Jim Long, based in Washington, D.C., sent a tweet asking his followers a simple question: "Where Were You?"

Hours later, Long had received hundreds of responses from people all over the world on Twitter, remembering where they were during the Sept. 11 attacks. Long retweeted many of them, noting that everyone has something to say and a story to share, aided now by social media. From a high school senior in history class to people all over the world, the stories are all part of the healing process.

"It's fascinating to me," Long says. "People say never forget, but it's really impossible to forget. I think everybody is still suffering from PTSD from that day. I remember I stood there in the gash of the Pentagon and saw people with flesh burning off of their bodies. It was the very worst day of my life. I got back to our bureau, and I was just emotionally beaten to hell."

Below, some of the responses:

- Lou Dubois