America watched in horror 10 years ago today as one jet airliner, and then another, slammed into the World Trade Center on the glittering Manhattan skyline. In television images broadcast across the globe, we saw the twin towers fall, and got news of a third plane crashing into the Pentagon, then a fourth targeted for either the Capitol building or the White House that catapulted into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers tried to wrest control.
As the day unfolded, we saw images of men and women rushing and leaping from burning buildings, firefighters digging through remains and rubble, and heartbroken people weeping for loved ones lost and lives forever changed. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, killed 2,977 people, touched off wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, fueled mistrust of Muslims and spawned a new government agency known as Homeland Security. The Bee asked readers to share their remembrances of 9/11 and tell us how their lives have changed since the worst terrorist attacks in the country's history.
The silver anniversary couple
The transplanted New Yorker
The frustrated traveler
The flight attendant
The American Muslim
The grieving brother
The soldier's father
Rescue effort transformed firefighter
My Life After 9/11: Sacramento Bee readers share their stories
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