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A Strange 9/11 Coincidence United These Two Strangers

Short | 03:57

Lisa Lefler evacuated her office on the 103rd floor of the south tower when the first plane struck. Her briefcase was recovered in the debris days later.

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How do you grasp an event as enormous as September 11? At the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, you start small: A briefcase, a Blackberry, a victim's sweatshirt, and a hero's nametag. Simple objects that tell personal stories, recounted in the donors' own words. Stories from New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA remind us that the legacy of 9/11 is not fear - it's friendship, courage, and ordinary people pushed by extraordinary circumstances. Their stories deserve to be remembered across decades and generations. By telling them, we triumph over tragedy.

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