America's Heartland Remembers
September 11, 2001 changed the lives of Americans forever. It is now ten years later and we remember that tragic day and those who lost their lives. This is a day of many tributes to those who died that fateful day.
I know there will be tributes all across America to remember September 11th. These tribute range from very small, such as the tribute in my neighbors yard that is shown here and much larger by cities and towns across the nation.
On this page, I will show you some of the 9-11 memorials near my home. The town that I live, O'Fallon Missouri there will be a 1 hour ceremony followed by a remembrance walk. In Forest Park in St. Louis there will be a remembrance on Art Hill. A total of 3,000 flags will be placed all around Art Hill, each bearing the name of someone killed in the attacks. The flags will remain in place for the week. I was able to photograph this display and found it to be a very awesome and emotional experience. The thought that each flag represented a living person that is no longer with us was very touching. A few of my photos are shown in this lens.
I also would like to hear from you. I have two places for you to leave comments. The first is remembering what you were doing on September 11, 2001 and the second is a section for you to tell what your area did to remember the 10th anniversary.
photographs by Mary Beth Granger
September 11, 2001 is one of those days that will always be etched in my mind. I can remember every detail of where I was and what I was doing. On that day I had just arrived at my office in Blue Springs, Missouri when my secretary came in and told me about the plane hitting the world trade center. We moved a television from our lunchroom and for the rest of the day everyone stopped and watched as the events unfolded. One of the women in the office had several relatives in the military at the Pentagon and in Maryland and she became frantic trying to call and get in touch with them.
My daughter travels for business and I too was frantic until I heard from her. She had just landed on a plane at an airport in Florida and as she heard the news she rushed to the rental counter and rented a car. It turned out this was a smart move as she got one of the last rental cars and was able to drive home to Atlanta when the planes were grounded.
My husband was a producer for a political talk show at a Kansas City radio station and he was immediately on the phone securing interviews with anyone in power in government. Everyone was anxious to get the latest details. When he reached the office of one of the local representatives in congress and tried to get a phone number to reach them he was told that the number couldn't be given out but that they would have the representative call my husband. When the representative did call back and was interviewed it was found out that he was in a secure bunker.
A few days after September 11th, I flew on a business trip to Dallas. At first I wasn't sure I would go, but then I decided life must go on. It was one of the first days that air traffic had resumed and I found myself landing at a nearly deserted Dallas airport. It was a very eerie feeling to see this normally hectic airport so quiet. Little did I realize that air travel would never be the same again.
That day was certainly one that changed our lives forever. What were you doing on that tragic day?
O'Fallon Missouri September 11 Memorial
Throughout the country there are memorials to honor those who died on September 11th. This memorial is found in O'Fallon, Missouri on the grounds of the city center. The plaque in front contains the names of the more than 3000 who died in the tragedy and the sculpture is made from 22 tons of steel from the World Trade Center.
How did your town remember the 10th year anniversary?