Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Eleven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, those who died then—and continue to in the years after—haven't been forgotten.
There's nothing of note from my Sept. 11 story. I was in third period Spanish when I first heard and started watching the events on TV. There might not be anything from yours, either. Maybe you too were simply at school or work when someone called, telling you to flip on the news. From that moment on, you started to pick up little details that you'd never forget. Non-news channels breaking from programming to offer thoughts and condolences. Maybe having a flight canceled from the airport groundings. Sports and other activities eventually returning from their hiatus. But for many others, the thought of the attacks evoke much deeper and saddening memories. For them, their loved ones were riding on one of four hijacked planes, working in one …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Images from across Patch's more than 850 sites reflect the lasting effects of that terrible day 10 years ago.
Powder Springs police Officer Paul Reynolds had wanted to join the military since he was a little kid, but it was this day exactly 10 years ago that finally convinced him to enlist.
Since he was a little kid, Paul Reynolds had always wanted to join the military. But it wouldn't be until age 22, less than a year after the most devastating attack on U.S soil, that he decided to enlist in the Army. “It was kind of a dream of mine,” said the 32-year-old officer with the Powder Springs Police Department. “But when Sept. 11 happened, I felt it was my duty to step up and serve our country.” Reynolds began his first tour by jumping out of a C-17 at 2 a.m. in northern Iraq. He was part of the initial invasion that defeated the Iraqi army within 72 hours. Overall, he did two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. “Put it this way: It was probably the best experience of my life that I’d never want to go back to,” he explained. “…
Saturday, September 10, 2011
For the ninth year in a row, the school provided a lunch for public safety employees in conjunction with the Sept. 11 anniversary.
Memories of hijacked commercial airplanes crashing into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and passengers fighting back to down another plane in Pennsylvania—the images of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 come readily to Americans. With the 10th anniversary of that terrible day Sunday, Colonial Hills Christian School paid tribute to the daily sacrifices of area public safety officials for the ninth consecutive year with a free luncheon Friday afternoon. The event attracted about 70 public safety employees, who were served Kentucky Fried Chicken, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, broccoli, and pasta salads. Middle-schoolers provided the desserts: cookies, cakes, brownies, cupcakes and chocolate-covered …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Grace and Michael Janney donated an American flag to hang in the new police station. On it are the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks, including their niece, Jennifer Kane.
Jennifer Kane may have died in the Sept. 11 attacks almost 10 years ago, but in many ways, she lives on. Memorial engravings and plaques stand as reminders of her at schools, parks and other locations from New York to Texas. The company that Jennifer worked for in the North Tower, Marsh & McLennan, has a memorial page set up for her and the 294 other employees the professional services firm lost that day. The Jennifer Kane Scholarship and Charitable Trust has raised about $1 million for a slew of charities, including Homes for Our Troops, the Fallen Heroes Fund, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition, more than $250,000 in scholarships has been given to Villanova University, where she graduated with an accounting degree in 1997. And …
Monday, August 22, 2011
As long as I can remember, I will remember Sept. 11, 2001.
Monday, August 22, 2011
I was working a retail trade show in Nashville up at the crack of dawn as usual. As I was waiting for the show to open, I was watching the national news. The program I was watching was interrupted by a news flash showing an airplane flying into one of the World Trade Center buildings. My first thought was that a small plane had lost power and crashed; my hope was that no one in the building was hurt. A short time later, a second plane was shown flying into the second World Trade Center building. The cameras then showed both buildings burning. At that point, there was little doubt that we were being attacked. I made my way to the trade show where absolutely everyone was riveted to one of the several televisions within the lounge area of the…
Friday, August 19, 2011
A decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, Patch invites you to send in your thoughts in an effort to show that we haven’t forgotten and that the spirit of those lost shall never die.
I remember walking from biology to Spanish class during my freshman year of high school and repeatedly overhearing the words “Twin Towers.” Being fairly naïve at the time to the world outside my immediate surroundings, I had no idea what the World Trade Center was. But soon I, just as many would around the globe, heard and read more about the buildings’ history, purpose and intricacies than I probably would have in 20 lives. There they were on the TV in Spanish class, towering high above Manhattan—but they were hurt. Smoke relentlessly billowed hundreds of feet into the sky as flames flared from within the long, black lesions caused minutes before by kamikaze jetliners. “Who thinks they’ll make a movie out of this?” one of my classmates …