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9-11 Memorial

Updated on September 10, 2014

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

towns remember

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?

Where were you on September 11, 2001? - stop by and leave your remembrance

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I was living in TN at the time getting ready to go to work. I saw the first of it, not know it was a terrorist attack and just a plane had hit one of the towers. When I got to work and saw the devastation unfolding...I knew America would never be the same again. A very sad day for every American.

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      sittonbull 5 years ago

      I and an associate were enroute to a Golf Course Superintendents Assn. workshop and meeting below Columbia, SC when the news came over the radio. No one knew the extent of the damage at the time... and then the 2nd plane hit... it was an eerie trip!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Beautiful Patriotic lens. Angel Blessings and Happy President Day.

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      homebaseincome 6 years ago

      I woke up that day about 8:30 am, turned on the TV and went to make a cup of coffee. By the time I brushed my teeth, turned on the computer and starting drinking my cup of coffee, I hear on the news the tragedy. At first I thought is was a small private plan that hit the towers until the second plan hit and I knew right then that this was terrorism. Within minutes the phone started ringing. It took me time to believe that was happening about an hour away from my home.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Since I'm on the West Coast, I woke up to the news on the radio and after I was up and dressed and we'd had breakfast, we drove over to Mom's since we don't have a TV here. We stayed there most of the day trying to come to grips with what we were seeing.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I wrote about where I was on a Hub. I was working in my office and had to get a project out. The rest of my co-workers stood around the TV all day, while I had to listen to it in disbelief on the radio.

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      MelissaRodgz 6 years ago

      I remember this day so well. I was in college at the time. I remember they cancelled classes. The images on tv were so shocking. Let us not forget the many heroes of the day.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I was actually taking a bubble bath when my daughter called and said "Mom, where is Dad?" I went weak just from the tone in her voice. She briefed me and I immediately started making phone calls. It took me several hours to ascertain that my husband, her father was actually fine. Others were not so fortunate and the pain of that day will be forever etched in my mind.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Asleep in my bed in Las Vegas, NV, and my son coming into my room in a panic, saying, "Mom, wake up, we're being attacked!" I got up, but thinking the image on the TV was one of his adventure movies, I mumbled something about "movie," to which he yelled, "Mom, this is not a movie, this is really happening!" My legs went weak, and I sat down quickly in my chair and watched as the planes went into the Twin Towers, and it all started crumbling. All day I sat there, watched, cried, got angry, cried some more, got more angry, and we all went to bed that night unable to sleep for the images flashing through our minds. I even got up in the middle of the night to see what else had happened. The horror has never left me, even to this day. As for me, I will fly the flag and never forget!!

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      We were preparing to leave on vacation that day, a cross country drive from California to Iowa. I had the TV on and saw the first plane hit the tower. At first I thought it was an advertisement for a movie. I soon realized it was real. I got my husband up and we saw the second plane. We debated on whether or not to go but it was for my brother's wedding so we went. We saw wonderful and touching displays of patriotism all across the country.

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      I was making lunch for my 3rd grader who was going to school at a Waldorf School, where we weren't supposed to watch TV. A friend called hysterically and I finally understood to go watch the's still a shock today. Worse then this great tragedy is that our country changed forever in ways that aren't prayer is that we recover our great spirit that we once had.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I cleaned offices early in the mornings, so I was home by 8am, and I had the TV on. I was in the living room and saw them reporting about a plane that had just hit one of the twin towers. As I was watching that report, another plane hit the other tower. I couldn't believe what was happening, and everything on the news was chaotic. Then I started calling family and friends to see if they had heard, and of course I started praying. I remember it as if was yesterday :( It still makes me cry thinking about all of the loss...

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      We were having a week-long Family Reunion (just us, our 3 kids, their spouses and 2 small grandson) on Tybee Island, GA. We'd rented a beach house for the 'kids' and we stayed at our house (we were living on Tybee Island then). As the events of 9/11 unfolded, our daughter called us and said 'turn on CNN - a plane just hit a building in New York City!' We turned on the TV, thinking it was a small plane 'incident', just as the second plane hit the World Trade Center. None of us will ever forgot those first moments, and the entire day as we followed the continuing news events. We were all in shock. We were very grateful we just happened to all be together so had no worries about where everyone was.

      Getting home at the end of that week was tricky. The Kansas City son & DIL rented a car and left on Friday to drive home. Daughter & SIL HAD driven down from St. Louis, so no transportation problem. Youngest son, DIL & two little ones had flown from Denver. Getting back was delayed from Saturday until Sunday, then long waits (and HIGH security) at airports. We will never forget that day, just as our generation will never forget where we were/doing what when Kennedy was assassinated and our parents never forgot the same when they heard the news that Pearl Harbor had been bombed! Some events are so tragic that our minds retain the facts forever.

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      I had elementary school children to teach. We didn't know all that was happening, but knew we needed to keep the kids safe somehow. We were on guard and alert all day. Many students were pulled out of class by parents. That night, I took my youngest to the hospital with me so I could donate blood. We walked the halls of the hospital for hours, waiting my turn. She was 14 then.

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I got to work that day before it happened. I didn't know until a coworker showed up later and told me about it.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      I was woken up by the announcement on my radio and was still home. I went to the tv to watch what was going on and saw the 2nd building get hit. I had to go to work and I was in a daze.