Ten years ago today, NewsWorks reader morganfitzp was about the cross the border into Canada from Vermont when the news came: planes had struck the World Trade Center in New York City. Word would come soon thereafter the attack was launched by al-Qaida.
“I called my family: my mom’s a New Yorker, my dad’s a Muslim, and my stepmom grew up in Manhattan in a mixed German Jewish and Pakistani family. She an my 3-year-old brother suddenly fit the profile of ‘terrorist’ on that day,” morganfitzp writes.
“They’d soon go out, buy an American flag, and hang it in their window, not in support of the Bush Administration and what they were doing to protect us, but to protect themselves from the prejudices of their neighbors here in Philly.”
Others experienced the day differently. Keith Baker was on a flightline in a cargo plane at Ft Drum, N.Y., when he heard. Abby Torres was just a sophomore in college when she got the news on her way to class.
Sept. 11 2001 was different for everyone, and so will be the way we commemorate the anniversary today. In the comments section below, tell us how you heard the news a decade ago, and what, if anything, you’re doing today.