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This past week has been one filled with stories about how the events of Sept. 11, 2001, have changed our lives, our communities, our language, our politics.
Across the region, videos and news reports detailed how Western North Carolina residents suffered and recovered from the attacks, how we went to help those most hurt, how we have spent the past decade recovering and working to strengthen or change our communities.
Memorials, physical and emotional, were unveiled.
In Clyde, office manager and volunteer fire fighter Michelle Silver said recently that the Clyde Volunteer Fire Department’s memorial, made public on Sept. 11, would give visitors a place to come and reflect. The steel beams the station received for its memorial is one set of artifacts from the attacks to come to the region. The Brevard Fire Department has erected and unveiled a memorial, too. All told, Silver said, about 1,041 artifacts from the World Trade Center have gone to 14 countries.
“This was just something for all of us because we’re all dedicated,” she said a week ago, before a memorial bike ride organized by the station to raise money for the memorial. “It just brings a piece here. It brings the community together.”
Across the region, there are similar stories. Towns and counties, from Asheville, Brevard, Hendersonville and Tryon to Henderson and Polk counties, held events.
To listen to our response to the attacks, we at Carolina Public Press compiled reporting from around the region, a collection of how our lives changed that September day, 10 years ago, and how we continue to feel the affects of that day in our lives.
Residents reflect on how the decade has changed their lives and faith
- 9-11 is still fresh in residents’ minds (McDowell News)
- New Yorkers who traded skyscrapers for Asheville mountains share their stories (Citizen-Times)
- Words of wisdom: Area faith leaders reflect on 9/11 and what it means now (Times-News)
- Asheville poet captures Sept. 11 experience in verse (Citizen-Times)
- Asheville retiree remembers faces of the missing from 9/11 (Citizen-Times)
- Ex-New Yorker leaves Wall Street behind to go with God (Citizen-Times)
WNC people who witnessed the attacks share their stories
- Arden couple recounts close-up Sept. 11 story (Citizen-Times)
- Eyewitness to Sept. 11 tells his story (Times-News)
- Asheville man recalls fiery Pentagon attack (Citizen-Times)
- Ten years later, remembering 9/11 (Times-News)
- Hendersonville man was a block from tower collapse (Citizen-Times)
- Local residents remembering Sept. 11 (Black Mountain News)
- Vision of the towers falling forever etched in my mind (Times-News)
- A call to unite, 10 years later (Avery Journal-Times)
- Locals recall Sept. 11 attacks (Cherokee Scout)
Students, teachers and government agencies change how they learn, teach and operate
- Asheville teachers draw connections in 9/11 lessons (Citizen-Times)
- Muslim students at UNC Asheville learn to deal with post-9/11 reaction (Citizen-Times)
- WNC reaped millions in post-9/11 spending (Citizen-Times)
- County students reflect, learn from 9/11 events (Times-News)
- Government security, individual vigilance heightened since 9-11 (Citizen-Times)
Firefighters and volunteers sought to help, both then and now
- Honoring the fallen: Firefighters take on 110 flights in memorial stair climb (Smoky Mountain News)
- As 9-11 nears, a week of reflection; Volunteer organization recruits more than 1,000 volunteers for 9-12 (Charlotte Observer)
- WNC residents went to help New York City come through (Times-News)