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September 11 Memories: Share One on Patch

Public ceremonies about September 11 are not as prominent as they have been. Share a comment with us about that day 11 years ago, or how your life has changed.

It's been 11 years to the day that the Twin Towers were struck by terrorists, a plane smashed into the Pentagon and one crashed in Pennsylvania.

The ceremonies have winded down a bit, although not entirely.

Pat Lindstrom, a DeKalb Firefighter, ran the stairs of the Manhattan building on Olde Perimeter Way Saturday, a nod to the firefighters who lost their lives and a charitable tradition he started last year.

This day on 2001, 343 New York firefighters died trying to rescue others. Sixty officers died from the New York Police Department.

It was a day that forever changed America. We we were vulnerable again.

We'd like to know how you personally reflect on a day like today. Do you read a news story and remember where you were? Do you reflect on loved ones or families that you knew that were affected by the tragedy?

We want to hear your reflections. Leave us a comment.

Tim Darnell (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 05:21 PM
My wife and I were in Alaska when 9/11 happened. After the initial shock wore off, my first thought was much this attack would change the way we traveled, and went about our business and our lives. My second thought was, how long would it take before we began forgetting the magnitude of such an incident. It didn't take very long.
Jason Massad September 11, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I'll start. I was a cub reporter at a California daily in the Central Valley. I was headed for a very early morning interview with a new commander at Travis Air Force Base for a profile piece. Travis has the KC-10 refuelers used in Iraq and Afghanistan and were bringing on the C-17 to the base when this happened. (That plane has been the work horse of both conflicts.) Anyways, I learned something about discipline that day. Everyone was called to the base. And I mean everyone. Traffic extended for miles at the two main routes that entered the base from the main gate. I'd been picking up the early reports - when everyone was trying to figure out what was going on. So being a reporter, I walked up and down and asked all the airrmen and airwomen to tell me what it felt like? What was going through their minds? Didn't get much from them. In fact, I didn't get anything. Their training had kicked in. America was in crisis and talking to the press was a low priority - a no-go. Getting on to the base and posting was The priority. Gotta say, it made me proud to be an American and it still does.

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