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Please help us tell of 9/11, a decade later

August 11, 2011
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

A month from today will be the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, we're planning special coverage to mark the date, and we need your help.

We all know what happened that day, but it's still somewhat shocking to recall that al-Qaida operatives hijacked four passenger jets and intentionally crashed three of them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field after heroic passengers overpowered their captors, assuring their own deaths but saving others' lives.

Yet the successful terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people and gouged a hole into the heart of the nation as well as the ground of lower Manhattan.

It was an attack on our nation as a whole and the most horrific terrorist act in U.S. history. It is unforgettable. It changed our world.

To track how it has changed us in a decade's time, and where we are now, is the aim of the Enterprise's special coverage a month from now. We will focus on the Adirondacks as well as the nation and world, and that's where you come in.

We won't spoil the whole surprise, but one story we're working on involves interviewing current high school students about what they remember about the attacks then and what they think now about them, their aftermath and the future. If you are a high schooler who would like to be interviewed or join a group discussion, please contact Managing Editor Peter Crowley at 891-2600 ext. 22 or If you know a high schooler who would be articulate on this topic, please ask him or her to contact us.

We also invite you to write in if you have a compelling story or message about the attacks, their aftermath or the future. It could be experience - it was very much a "where were you when ..." kind of day - or it could be opinion. If you were in New York at the time, or had a family member or friend who died or had a notable experience, that story is probably worth sharing with the community. But we also want to hear your thoughts, be they roaring or musing. Please write your piece in fewer than 250 words and email it to Managing Editor Peter Crowley at We'll run as many as we reasonably can with our other stories.

Your perspective will add much to the public understanding of this tragic turning point in American history.



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