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A changed America: marking 10 years since 9/11

Published: Sun, September 11, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Ten years on, Americans come together today where the World Trade Center soared, where the Pentagon stands as a fortress once breached, where United Airlines Flight 93 knifed into the earth.

They will gather to pray in cathedrals in our greatest cities and to lay roses before fire stations in our smallest towns, to remember in countless ways the anniversary of the most devastating terrorist attacks since the nation’s founding, and in the process mark the milestone as history itself.

As in earlier observances, bells will toll again to mourn the loss of those killed in the attacks. Americans will lay eyes on new memorials in lower Manhattan, rural Pennsylvania and elsewhere, concrete symbols of the resolve to remember and rebuild.

But much of the weight of this year’s ceremonies lies in what largely will go unspoken — the anniversary’s role in prompting Americans to consider how the attacks changed them and the larger world and the continuing struggle to understand 9/11’s place in the lore of the nation.

“A lot’s going on in the background,” said Ken Foote, author of “Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy,” examining the role that veneration of sites of death and disaster plays in modern life. “These anniversaries are particularly critical in figuring out what story to tell, in figuring out what this all means.

“It forces people to figure out what happened to us,” he said.

The nation’s focus turns to ceremonies today at the Pentagon, just outside Washington, D.C., and in lower Manhattan for the dedication of the national Sept. 11 memorial. President Barack

Obama planned to attend ceremonies at all three sites and was

scheduled to speak at a service tonight at the Kennedy Center.

The New York ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m., with a moment of silence 16 minutes later — coinciding with the exact time when the first tower of the trade center was struck by a hijacked jet. And then, one by one, the reading of the names of the 2,977 killed Sept. 11 — in New York, at the Pentagon and in rural Pennsylvania.

And so arrives a weekend dedicated to remembrance, with hundreds of ceremonies across the country and around the globe — from a memorial Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York to a ceremony featuring nine-stories-tall replicas of the twin towers on a plaza in Paris.

It’s easy to forget: As much as 9/11 was an American tragedy, it had a profound affect far beyond U.S. shores. Many who died were citizens of other countries. And the attacks set in motion a decade of wars, more terrorist attacks in Europe and Asia and a worldwide law-enforcement offensive that has netted tens of thousands of suspected terrorists.

Today, for all the magnitude of the attacks, some of the most powerful ceremonies likely will be the smallest and most personal.


1chaz4224(10 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

how about we first find out what really happened on that day the 911 commission report is flawed ,you had resignations by many that said the bush administration was controlling the commission and investigation.WHY

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2kk80586(229 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

For chaz....What really happened on that day (911).
Bush woke up at 6:30 a.m. and proceeded to teach 4 C.I.A. agents how to fly a plane but not how to land it. He sent these agents plus some others to 4 airports and had them board 4 planes that would be taking long distance flights so they would be topped off with fuel. He (Bush) then went to a school in Florida so he would have an alibi and people could not say he was behind all this. But he did not count on intelligent people like you being able to add V and Q together and come up with 3. Because you smart people were quickly figuring it out, Bush had to control the commission and investigation so that the other 99.9% of the people (the dumb ones) would think that 19 muslim fanatics killed almost 3000 over some twisted ideology. Now you know the "WHY".
references for this answer -- wikipedia, wikileaks, the koran, 9/11 commission report, spiderman issue #42, the bathroom wall at Sheetz on 224.

Stay tuned for the "HOW" question you are dying to ask....HOW someone you consider a bumbling fool could figure out exactly how many M80's it would take to bring down the WTC towers and have them all go off at the same time (hint: 40000 boxes of matches were purchased on 9/10/2001). And HOW to make that big hole in the ground in PA (hint: 4000 shovels were purchased on 9/10/2001). And HOW they got that big hole in the side of the Pentagon (hint: 400 pickaxes were purchased on 9/10/2001).
I am so glad you did not ask a stupid question though because you know what you get when you ask a stupid question, right? No need to thank me...happy to help those that are confused. Now put your tinfoil hat back on and keep an eye on those black helicopters circling overhead.

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