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Twelve Years After 9/11

by Damon Huss

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Flight 93 memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Stratosphere (Wikimedia Commons).

Writing at the Wall Street Journal, Heather Haddon and Josh Dawsey describe the commemoration of the 12-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks:

The official New York City tribute began at the National September 11 Memorial plaza at the World Trade Center site. Wednesday morning, the names of the 2,983 victims lost in 2001 and the bombing of the site in 1993 were being read, and six pauses were to mark when the planes hit the towers, when they fell and when the Pentagon and Flight 93 were attacked.

Hundreds of families gathered at the memorial, hoisting balloons, pictures and signs into the air as names are read. One family let a group of balloons into the air. [more]

In the Los Angeles Times, Michael Muskal and Tina Susman describe a commemoration in Pennsylvania:

In Shanksville, Pa., the third scene of the attack, families of the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 gathered and remembered their loved ones as heroes. It was on that flight that passenger Todd Beamer famously issued the rallying cry “Let’s roll,” as he and others rushed down the airliner’s aisle to try to overwhelm the hijackers after learning of the coordinated attacks elsewhere. Instead of hitting a target, that flight crashed in the field. [more]

CRF has Reflecting on September 11, a page of links to lessons and readings.

CRF also has readings and lessons from Bill of Rights in Action to address several issues that came out of the terrible events of September 11, 2001:

Is Torture Ever Justified? (Winter 2005)

Detaining U.S. Citizens as Enemy Combatants (Winter 2004)

The Patriot Act: What is the Proper Balance Between National Security and Individual Rights? (Fall 2003)