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Sept. 11, 2001, is a date that most of us will never forget. It was a day that evil struck terror in the hearts of millions.
Nearly 3,000 people died when al-Qaeda terrorists put their deadly plan into action - a series of four coordinated suicide attacks.
On that morning, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked and took control of four airplanes. They crashed two planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. They crashed a third into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. When passengers attempted to take control of the fourth plane, it crashed into a field near Shanksville, Penn., preventing it from reaching its intended target in Washington, D.C.
We were all shocked at the horrific events that unfolded that day. Many of us stopped whatever we were doing to watch the news. We prayed for family and friends who might have been involved. And we prayed for complete strangers.
When the Twin Towers collapsed and so many firefighters died, the shock turned to horror. As time went on, our soldiers were called to duty, and many gave the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.
The repercussions from that single day 10 years ago will be felt for many years to come.
That's why we wanted to produce a special remembrance issue recognizing the 10th year since those attacks. We asked readers to write and tell us what they were doing on that day and how their lives have been affected. Those responses are on today's front page. There's also a special editorial cartoon from Terry Wise on this page.
And we hope you'll join us Sunday at the public memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Johnny Edrington Memorial at Miller Park.
We'll all remember together.