Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Council and other civic groups will host event.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Council will host a Sept. 11 flag retirement and remembrance ceremony at North Park's Flag Retirement Plaza at 7 p.m. tonight. The ceremony will include members of all branches of the military, veterans, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, Pine-Richland JROTC, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, according to a news advisory by Fitzgerald's office. The plaza is at the intersection of Ingomar Road and Babcock Boulevard.
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the U.S. Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001?
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the U.S. Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? I remember the morning of 9/11/01 as a sunny Tuesday—quick to turn dismal. A student at J.E. Harrison Middle School in Whitehall, I was in eighth grade, first period social studies with Mr. Housteau. The day began like any other, until our teacher was notified of "a second World Trade Center bombing." Soon after, we had all figured out what really happened, increasingly confused, shocked and saddened. The rest of the morning, into the afternoon, was much of a blur. Little did I know, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda had hijacked four passenger jets—one, United Airlines …
I remember everything I did on Sept. 11, 2001, but telling the story isn’t easy.
Sept. 11, 2001 is the day that marks the difference between when I was a kid, and when I started growing up. I was 15 years old in the fall of 2001, a sophomore in high school, and an aspiring … something-or-other. It happened on a Tuesday, and I wasn’t thinking much beyond Friday. But when I remember that day, I don’t just remember what happened. I remember everything. The clothes I wore to school, what I ate for lunch, my class schedule and who I sat next to are still clear in my mind, as though I’m about to wake up tomorrow and do it again. It’s the uneasy feeling I remember most, because I knew my teachers—the people we looked to for stability and explanation—were scared. Worse, I remember the indescribable feeling of realizing it wasn…
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Looking back 10 years brings memories bitter and sweet.
When people find out that my birthday falls on 9/11 they invariably ask me, "How can you even celebrate on that day?" Well, I didn't on that day in 2001. A neighbor called just after the first plane hit the World Trade Center, knowing I would be at my desk working. Our thoughts were that it was an accident, a plane off course. I was watching TV when the second plane hit, and I remember thinking, "Uh-oh. This is really bad." After that, I spent most of the morning on the phone with my mother. Two family members were supposed to be flying that day — my brother and brother-in-law. My brother-in-law was flying from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, and at the end of his trip he was going to take a commuter flight to Pittsburgh to visit us. He never…
Monday, September 12, 2011
The annual two-day event in Moon draws more than 250,000 people.
The 2011 Wings Over Pittsburgh air show not only thrilled thousands with amazing feats of aerial acrobatics but also gave young spectators their first chance to climb aboard the planes they'd just seen dancing in the sky. The air show at Pittsburgh International Airport's Air Reserve Station came to a close Sunday evening.
Local military, fire and police mark the 10th anniversary in Leetsdale.
Rain wasn’t enough to dampen a show of patriotism Sunday night in Leetsdale where dozens of area local military, fire and police personnel came together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Leetsdale Mayor Peter Poninsky, in leading the service, said the evening was put together to recognize veterans, police, firefighters and EMS workers in the Quaker Valley area, as well as “to honor those who can no longer be with us.” A parade that also included members of the local color guard, honor guard and bag pipers, marched in a procession from the borough building to Henle Park where the special memorial service took place before the Honor Roll on Ferry Street. Poninsky announced the head of Germany’s Homeland Security …
Columnist Alie Gensheimer reflects on what she has learned about terrorism, civil liberties and the role of government since the Sept. 11 attacks 10 years ago.
Every year on Sept. 11, our nation spends time reflecting on what happened on that day in 2001. We memorialize those who died, we give thanks to those who helped save people at Ground Zero, and we come to the conclusion that terrorism is still the greatest threat to our country. This year, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, I have spent time reflecting but in a slightly different way. Rather than simply remembering what happened, I am asking myself more difficult questions. What, for instance, have I come to understand about this terrorist attack in the last 10 years that I didn't understand at age 12? Are we truly safer because of the heightened security measures our government has taken, particularly in airports? Has any real …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
A powerful mosaic that captures sentiments across the country.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Millions of people across the country were affected by the 9/11 attacks. Some experienced the tragic loss of a loved one, some found an inspiring way to help those who were grieving, and others experienced a political awakening. To help reflect the endless diversity of their experiences, Patch looked out across our sites to pull together 911 snapshots of everyday Americans whose lives were changed by the events of that day. From across the country, this Patch site and hundreds of others captured the faces, keepsakes, memorials, ceremonies, flags, fund-raisers, deployments and the still-raw emotions that followed the attacks. Taken together they create a powerful mosaic that is large in scope but often deeply personal. Click through to see…
Locals remember where they were 10 years ago on 9/11.
Citizens around the country will reflect today on Sept. 11, 2001, a day that we should never forget. Everyone remembers what they were doing and where they were on 9/11. Several locals shared their memories with Sewickley Patch. We'd also like to know what you were doing and where you were. Feel free to comment in the box below.
Sept. 11 remembered with special guest speaker who converted to Christianity.
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Sunday, September 11, 2011
A former terrorist who converted to Christianity will tell his story this weekend at services marking the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. Kamal Saleem, 54, will speak at 5 p.m. Saturday and again at the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at North Way Christian Community at 12121 Perry Highway in Wexford. His speech will be videocast to North Way’s satellite churches in Sewickley and Oakland. Author of The Blood of Lambs, Saleem writes about growing up in the heart of the Middle East as an Islamic radical. He was taught to hate Jews and Christians, but today is a devout Christian, according to the biography released in 2009. Saleem participated in his first bloody mission for a militant Muslim group at the age of 7, according to his website, www.…