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ceremony for victims’ families will mark the opening of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.The next day doors open to welcome visitors – initially limited to those with reserved advance passes – who wish to remember, pay respect and reaffirm our nation’s commitment to freedom. Located at the site of the site of the former World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan, the 9/11 Memorial occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site and features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the twin towers. The entrance to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, a large pavilion with a glass atri-

um, houses two enormous tridents within its glass atrium.The tridents are artifacts from the steel façade of the original 1 WTC, also known as the north tower. Although the pavilion will be inaccessible to 9/11 Memorial visitors, the majestic tridents will be visible from the plaza.The pavilion will open to the public when the 9/11 Memorial Museum opens in 2012. The names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 1993 and 2001, terrorist attacks are inscribed on bronze panels lining the two pools. Waterfalls will cascade down all four sides of each pool, creating a special place for remembrance and reflection.The surrounding plaza is filled with oak trees and a Callery pear known as the Survivor Tree, which was nursed back to health after surviving the 9/11 attacks. For more information, visit

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t was a beautiful, sunny, 70-degree morning with clear blue skies. Police Capt.Terry Revella (Ret.) of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation was on his way to work at his NYC headquarters when a dispatcher radioed him and said, “Captain, you need to get to the World Trade Center ASAP. A plane just crashed into it.â€? On the other end of the country on that same September morning 10 years ago, Debra Tosch was attending a canine search specialist class in Washington state when she heard of the attack. In North Carolina, Greensboro Fire Department Assistant Chief Alan “Skipâ€? Nix was serving as the safety/special operations officer. In the hours and days following the most devastating attack on American soil in modern history, Revella,Tosch and Nix would aid their fellow Americans in their own ways.Their stories and how they are working to remember 9/11 today are below. 5)&)"6/5*/("5(306/%;&30 Revella pulled up next to the north tower of the WTC and could see the gaping hole that plane put into its side.The exact outline of the wings and fuselage was visible. “I met up with one of my officers, Jeff Cox, and we had just started to run up to the north tower when Jeff said,‘Captain, what are those black dots around the outside of the tower?’â€? Revella recalls.“I said,‘They’re people, Jeff.’ He said,‘No.That can’t be.’â€? As people started to jump, one by one, two by two, Revella and Cox could see they were, in fact, hundreds of desperate souls deciding their own fate. “This moment has remained the most difficult and haunting to me to this day,â€? Revella says. Moments later, Revella and Cox were briefly trapped when the south tower collapsed.They were found by a firefighter, then went to work. “We immediately started to set up an Incident Command Post at Public School 89, which is about ten blocks from the WTC,â€? says Revella. He did not return home for 17 days.“I served as the on-scene coordinator for the governor, to the city.While there, I provided assistance and instruction in getting backhoes, bulldozers ‌ anything else that was needed to remove debris in hopes of rescuing survivors.â€? Now living in Las Vegas, Revella is coordinating one of the largest 9/11 remembrance



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Tosch went on to become executive director of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation in Ojai, Calif.The experience of 9/11 helped her realize the importance of training. “It has motivated me to have the Search Dog Foundation build a National Training Center ... handlers from all across the country can come train on deployment scenario props that are designed to prepare them for the most difficult deployments they may face,�Tosch says. A 9/11 anniversary event is planned“to bring handlers and supporters of the Search Dog Foundation to the site of the National Training Center and unveil the beginning of the construction. Handlers perform a demonstration and a Canine Memorial Wall will be unveiled. Tosch is hoping to open the training center Sept. 11, 2012.

"'3*&/%*//&&% Being in North Carolina, Nix was not geographically close to any of the events on 9/11. But when the terrorist attack occurred, he received a call from the wife of one of the firefighters in New York who was dispatched to the twin towers. She lived in Greensboro, and two of her daughters were attending college in Charlotte, about an hour and a half away. “We sent two firefighters to the school and brought her kids back to Greensboro to be with their mother,� Nix recalls.“That afternoon we took food to the home, spent time with the family and prayed with them before we left.We checked on them daily when, four days later, she was informed that [her husband] had been killed in the collapse.� The comfort and compassion Nix and his colleagues showed a fellow firefighter’s family reflects the spirit of the community.The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, N.C., has been chosen to lead in the 10th Anniversary 9/11 Day of Remembrance Observance along with New York City and others.The event will take place from Sept. 9 through 11. “Not only will we honor those who gave their life that day but also the men and women of the United States military who have given their lives since 9/11,� Nix says.“America will always be great as long as we have men and women who are willing to choose others over themselves.� ‰$58'FBUVSFT



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n the years following the Sept. 11 attacks, charities and funds worldwide sprung up in an effort to provide relief to victims and families affected by the tragedy.While some of these projects met goals and quietly disbanded, many continue, dedicated to assisting those who struggle with the lifelong mental health issues and financial woes stemming from the attacks. Now, 10 years

later, these programs still rely on charitable donations from individuals and groups to service those in need. “It is a common misconception that time heals all wounds,� says Alisha Feltman, event and development manager of Tuesday’s Children, a charity that provides support to families of 9/11 and other global terrorism acts.“Grief is permanent. It changes over time, but it is always present.� Here are five programs dedicated to providing relief for those suffering from the

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those who lost jobs, loved ones and those in need of mental health services.The funds support programs in the city that help poor New Yorkers. 'BNJMJFTPG'SFFEPN4DIPMBSTIJQ'VOE This fund was established one week after the Sept. 11 attacks to provide for needy participants, including families of those killed or permanently disabled.According to its website, the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund has already provided more than $55 million in post-secondary education assistance to 1,639 students. Donations to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund are made through Scholarship America. 70*$&4PG4FQUFNCFS VOICES offers support for Sept. 11 families, rescue workers and survivors.Their continuous project, the 9/11 Living

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Memorial, is a digital archive chronicling all lives lost in the attacks with images and news clippings. Support the effort by purchasing Flags of Honor (a flag containing the names of all those lost in the attacks)

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Berwick native Mike Sobolewski, (was) a news videographer at WROC-TV in Rochester, NY. Sobolewski was part of a three-man crew that tagged along with emergency workers from upstate New York who drove to NYC in the wake of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks. There, he saw heartbreak and disaster he could not have imagined: family members desperate to find loved ones and unedited footage from inside the fallen World Trade Center towers. He also saw a city standing up, brushing itself off and fighting back, he said. Ten years later, Sobolewski adds to his story. “Since that day, I got married and have a 7-year-old daughter. I am a freelancer working as a video productions cameraman and audiovisual tech in the Rochester, N.Y., area. I am still involved in covering breaking news, like the Buffalo, N.Y., plane crash for the CBS Early Show and major flooding for the Weather Channel. “The images of NYC on that day that I covered are still in my thoughts even 10 years later. I can picture everything as if it just happened today. The sight of dust covering everything in it’s path, to the people not knowing if more disaster will happen, to the reaction of people supporting the police and firefighters who lost so many of their own. I have been back down to the Ground Zero area a few times, and I am amazed of BRIAR CREEK MUTUAL what it looks like now. You INSURANCE CO. see a new building raising Farm Owners • Mobile Home and people working hard to Owners • Home Owners • keep that day alive in Business Owners 426 Main St., P.O. Box 195, Orangeville everyone’s memory.” 570-683-5797•1-800-222-2015

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With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 disaster, I reflect on what that time was and meant to me. I remember seeing the first airplane crashing into the first tower, thinking what an unfortunate accident that an airplane could lose control and hit the tower. Then another plane hit the other tower. What a strange coincidence, never thinking that this was pre-organized. As the day progressed I had heard about the Pentagon and the attempt on the White House that led to the Pennsylvania crash at Shanksvillle. As the news broadcasting progressed, we were all in a sense of shock. Then, midday, a couple of physicians decided to see if we could be of help. We had all done mission work in foreign countries, but this was now our country that needed whatever we could do to help. I usually have a mission pack ready for the organized trips. What do you take to a domestic terrorism mission? I gathered whatever surgical equipment and surgical supplies along with my mission supplies and left. We had heard that a meeting place to gather was to be at Giant Stadium in New Jersey. We met there but were unable to go to New York for fear that terroristic acts could be done to the Lincoln Tunnel There were rumors that a truck was caught trying to transport explosives over the George Washington Bridge. Two of us were able to convince a New Jersey state policeman to allow us to get to Manhattan to help at one of the hospitals. We got a three-police escort to St. Vincent’s Hospital, which was the closest to the Twin Towers. There was no one on the road. The city was in a state of emergency. It was tough to envision absolutely no traffic in New York City. We arrived at the hospital expecting to see pandemonium but saw no casualties from the site. We waited at the hospital most of the night at the triage areas set up for the physicians. Still no casualties. We had heard that Chelsea Pier had been designated as a triage center for the wounded and proceeded there. We were met by police who quarantined the area. We were able to convince them that we were surgeons and were there to help. At the pier, they had a triage center with over 300 volunteers waiting to see the casualties. There were none. All those injured were pedestrians who sought immediate attention after the bombing. There were no survivors from the buildings. They were all dead. The facility had food that was donated from every part of the city. There was food and water enough to feed at least 1,000 people. There were ambulances and emergency vehicles miles long waiting to get to the crash site. It was awe inspiring to see vehicles and people from Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio and Indiana all there to help. This was truly the America that we all love and know at its best. We waited there for several hours, but nothing arrived. We were able to commandeer a bus that brought 50 of us to the bomb site. We went to the Roosevelt school that was the site of a first aid center set up to care for the bomb site workers who got injured. When we arrived there, it was inconceivable. All that you could see was smoke so thick you could only see 200 to 300 feet in front of you. You could see in the distance one of the towers burning with some faint flames. There was ash at least two inches thick on the parked cars. As we came out of the bus to get to the school, the stench of the acrid smoke from the burning plastic and man-made material was overwhelming. We all had to wear masks to get from one location to another. When we started to walk to the school, only 100 feet away, my blue suede sneakers were white from the ash. We saw workers with burns, cuts, inhalation injuries, exhaustion and dehydration. Every one of the injured wanted to get patched up and go back to the site.



We stayed there for a day as new replacements filtered in. During that time, almost 500 workers came into the facility. Some of them we saw on multiple occasions. No one wanted to call it quits. When it was time to leave, we walked back to the barricaded police line. As we were going, we were cheered by the people that were living near the bomb site. They were thanking us for our efforts. I have returned to the site on multiple occasions. The first time, one year after the bombing, the site was still being excavated. It is inconceivable to visualize the towers that were once there. All that remained was a big empty hole in middle of Manhattan surrounded by the collateral damage that was still present. Since then, the memorial has been built at the base of the buildings. In the middle of this are planted trees to give a sense of hope in this devastated area. Hope was never lost. You could see it in every face that ventured into this area then and now. A lot has changed since then. It is difficult to travel anywhere without wondering if it could be a place that has enough people to make it a target for terrorism. You cannot go on a plane, enter a building or an event without security clearance and scanning. I have been on many mission trips since this, but this was not a natural catastrophe. This was brought by man to his fellow man. Everywhere I have been I have seen how precious life is. No one truly wants to die. Because of this, it is harder to forget. After seeing all these natural and manmade catastrophes I find it very difficult to understand how anybody could cause such pain and suffering. I saw the physical Lest We Forget destruction of man-made structures. These can be replaced First Baptist Church of Danville and memorialized. The pain and suffering of the families and friends and site workers persists. Through all of this, we have found that we as nation have always pulled through because 633 E. Third St., Nescopeck, PA we are there for each other. 752-7121 JOHN KERTESZ FUNERAL DIRECTOR/OWNER

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What can I do? Contributed by Jan Banko. (Jan is a Press Enterprise employee in the Classified Department. She lives in Nescopeck Township.) I remember Sept. 11, 2001, like it was yesterday. I was working at a Berwick radio station when my program director alerted me to television reports after the first plane hit the World Trade Center. When I got to the TV, my thought was “What a terrible accident!” Then, I saw the second plane circle past and slam into the second tower. I know the world changed for me in that moment, and I guess it changed for most other Americans as well.

My first thought was… what can I do? The first thing I DID do was help my on-air staff get informational updates out to our listeners. Eventually, we went directly with a CNN feed. They gave us their blessing, after the fact, due to the incredible and unique situation 9-11 found us all in.

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My second thought was… what can I do? I had no skills that were needed at Ground Zero. But I had something they did need – I could give blood. So I went to a blood drive at the high school in Berwick. So did hundreds of others that day, until the Red Cross said “Thank you, but please wait – we can’t process it all!”

My third thought was… you guessed it…

So I put public service announcements on the air and I interviewed the Red Cross and Salvation Army volunteers, so that others could hear their stories, the stories of those who were there. Ten years later, that is what these pages are about. Though we cannot change the past, it is imperative that we learn from it. And so, we remember. Remember in your own way. And ask “What can I do?”

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“I will remember the slaughter of American lives taken on 9/11/01 as long as I live.The events, as they unfolded, they brought forth the immediate questions:‘Who did this?’ and ‘Why did they do it?’The terrorists caught us vulnerable and asleep, but it didn’t take us long to wake up.America is rarely tested as a nation to defend itself.We usually defend others and give the blood of our soldiers to prove how much we care for the rest of the world.We may have to rethink our involvement in international conflict from now on and concentrate on the protection of our own country.” Lee Greenwood wrote and recorded the 1984 hit “God Bless the USA”

“My boyfriend woke me up and said, ‘They bombed the World Trade Center, turn on the TV.’ I immediately turned it on and watched in horror along with the rest the world when, for some reason, unknown myself, my eyes moved from the TV towards the window where I saw a pod of dolphins leaping joyfully in the water, and I felt in that moment it was divine intervention, a message from God that it was not the end of the world, just the end of the world as we knew it.” Two-time Emmy® nominee Fran Drescher currently stars in the TV Land series “Happily Divorced”

+0)/%&4*-7" 57)045 “I lived in New York City on 9/11. I went to my roof, and I watched the second plane fly into the towers.The smoke and destruction made its way into my apartment windows. My close friend, Daniel Suhr, was the first firefighter killed.A woman jumped from the building and landed directly on top of him. He was running into the building with his company and the last words he said to his men were,‘Boys, keep your heads up and your eyes open.This is the most dangerous job of our lives.’ He turned from his men and stepped toward the building and was crushed to death.All his men survived because they had to pull him out. Seven men are alive today because Danny was killed.The company that went in behind them all died.” John DeSilva is host of the DIY Network series “10 Grand in Your Hand” and “Run My Renovation”

,3*45*/  #"6&3 "$53&44 “I was in bed asleep, as I am known to not be a morning person. My phone was ringing off the hook, which never happens before 11 a.m., as anyone who knows me knows this is grounds for ending our friendship. I finally lifted the phone and said,‘What?!’ My friend said, ‘Turn on the TV’” By his tone I knew he was serious. I said, ‘What channel?’ He said,‘Any channel.’ I was, of course, stunned when I joined the rest of the world in trying to process this tragedy, and still am.” Kristin Bauer currently stars in the HBO series “True Blood”

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Shanksville honors 9/11 dead By KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press

SHANKSVILLE — Off a tiny country road with old wooden farmhouses that could fit in a Norman Rockwell painting is the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial. It’s shielded by trees, but much of the park is open. A decade ago, on Sept. 11, the former strip mine was a much more devastating sight, strewn with wreckage from the crash. For early responders like Rick King, the assistant fire chief in Shanksville, some memories are haunting. “I remember walking through the woods, walking through the hemlocks, and I remember seeing tennis shoes lying on the ground ... empty,” King said, his voice cracking. “I couldn’t imagine what it was like there.” United Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when it was hijacked. The four terrorists likely wanted to crash the Boeing 757-222 into the White House or Capitol building but downed the jet in Pennsylvania as passengers fought back, just 20 minutes away from Washington, the 9/11 Com-

mission found. The high heat and speed of the crash — the plane was traveling 580 mph at impact — caused 92 percent of the human remains to vaporize, coroner Wallace Miller said, leaving little to work with. “The devastation was really incredible,” he said. “Obviously something I’d never seen before, or since.” Shanksville has embraced its status as a sudden American landmark, and it takes seriously the responsibility to honor the dead. For a time, victims’ relatives worried about the lack of progress on a Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, which is far from big business and established tourist attractions. “We would have loved to have seen this memorial built in five years. But I think the reality has set in,” said Gordon Felt, whose brother, Edward, died in the crash. About $50 million in public and private money has been raised for the project, the Families of Flight 93 say. The dedication of the first phase is scheduled today, a day before the 10th anniversary of the crash. More private funding is still needed to finish the remaining ele-

ments of the memorial, including a grove of trees, a visitor center and an entry portal with high walls framing the plane’s flight path. Before the crash, no one could have envisioned a national memorial rising in the woods and fields of western Pennsylvania. And the numbers of people who’ve sought out the site show the public desire to remember the victims. About 150,000 people annually have visited Shanksville in recent years, said Brent Glass, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, who called the total “impressive.” Residents expect even more visitors, said Ron Aldom, director of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce. More signs are to be added along the Pennsylvania Turnpike directing travelers to the site, about a 20-minute drive off the highway. In the end, perhaps it is fitting that part of the 9/11 story ended up in Shanksville, said Glass, of the Smithsonian. “Every chapter of American history has a few pages written in Pennsylvania,” he said. “Ironically, Flight 93 will be part of American history.”

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en years have passed, but the events of Sept. 11, 2001 are with us still.We are a nation at war. We are striving to shape the best responses to continued threats.We want to honor the victims of that dreadful day and the sacrifices of our military. “This anniversary is probably unprecedented in the number of activities memorializing the day,“ says Kevin Rozario, an

American studies professor at Smith College and author of “The Culture of Calamity: Disaster and the Making of Modern America” (University of Chicago Press, 2007). Nationwide, events as varied as the complex issues left in the wake of the attacks are planned, from concerts to prayer services to special museum exhibits. Moreover, 1 million Americans are expected to volunteer this weekend as part of an effort launched in 2002 to spread good after this disaster. For many children, the anniversary will

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mark their first exposure to the events that happened in 2001. For parents and families, experts stress that this is an opportunity to help them understand this chapter of modern history without invoking fear. Here, a look at how you can uncover what’s happening in your area and around the country, and some guidance on how you, your children, family and friends can participate in this important anniversary.

Hometown Heroes Many of the commemorative events are large-scale, involving commissioned artwork or exhibits of artifacts.The Mental Health Association of New York City created a website that lists anniversary events happening across the country.Visit for more info. Local organizations everywhere have organized their own events, big and small. “We’ve heard anecdotally of many local [fire departments] teaming up with municipal governments and other local groups to pre-

pare events,” says Tim Burn, spokesman for the International Association of Fire Fighters. These efforts, sometimes honoring area military personnel or first responders, are announced through local channels, like your newspaper or municipal websites, adds Burns.

GoodWorks The tragedy of Sept. 11 immediately spurred positive acts all around the country, with volunteerism expected to peak the weekend of September 11 this year. “The families of September 11 decided that service would be a way for Americans to honor those who were lost,” explains Sandy Scott, spokeswoman for The Corporation for National & Community Service.“A law was passed in 2009 recognizing Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance,” he says, and a concentrated effort to organize volunteers has been underway for this year in particular. During the week preceding the anniversa-

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ry, says Scott, opportunities will be continually added to the website, sept11. For those interested in volunteering throughout the year, that site, as well as, provides ideas searchable by ZIP code, adds Scott.

The New Generation Parents play an important role in helping their children comprehend and adjust to the events of Sept. 11, says Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychology and social behavior at University of California-Irvine, who has researched the impact of this specific disaster on children. “I think the most important thing that parents can do on the tenth anniversary is to protect their children from repeated graphic images of the Sept. 11 attacks,” advises Cohen Silver. In addition to staying away from these images,“It’s important for children to understand that the events happened in the past and that they are not happening again now,”

she says.“It’s important for children to feel safe and to understand that their parents will do everything they can to protect them.” Family Plan A volunteer group called the 4 Action Initiative – composed of families of Sept. 11, the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education and the Liberty Science Center – developed a new school curriculum guide to Sept. 11.This curriculum also stresses that exposure to graphic images isn’t appropriate for any grade level.And, it advises:“Students K through third grade are too young to comprehend the concepts of terrorism. Focus on lessons about helping others and forging positive relationships.” Some ideas for positive family activities are listed at, such as helping clean up a neighborhood playground or collecting toys and books to donate to a local shelter. ‰$58'FBUVSFT

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*7"/36#&/45&*/(*--*4  .JEXPPE #SPPLMZO .VTJDJBO 8IBUBSFZPVSNFNPSJFTPG4FQU I drove upstate early on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, to do some recording in the country. I remember that it was one of the most beautiful days I have ever seen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a crisp clarity of light you could see for miles.When I arrived in Ulster County, I received a call to turn on the news.Two hours away from my apartment on 14th Street and 7th Avenue, my friend and I stared at the televised horror, transfixed. )PXIBWFUIJOHTDIBOHFETJODFUIFO Well, in some ways, everything's changed, I think, about American culture, generally, more than just NYC. But New Yorkers are, true to their reputation, pretty gritty and resilient. I don't think things are very different.




8IBUNFNPSJFTEPZPVIBWFPG4FQU I was a freshman at Stuyvesant High School, downtown, so I was about a week or two into school on Sept. 11.We were sitting in Spanish class when the planes hit, and [we] saw the second one collide into the tower, just a few blocks away, out of our classroom window. Our school was turned into a triage center [and] we were evacuated by Secret Service agents about an hour or two after the first plane hit. I remember turning back as I left the school and seeing this huge plume of smoke suddenly come up. It wasn't until I got home that I realized it was the north tower collapsing.

8IBUBSFZPVSNFNPSJFTPGUIBUEBZ It was simply incomprehensible.The smell of the burning, collapsed buildings just lingered on â&#x20AC;Ś There was literally no way not to think about the attacks, at all times, for weeks afterward, as the smell was an ever-present reminder. Life seemed paused. Schools were closed. Businesses were closed. All you could do was visit the makeshift memorials.

8IBUEPZPVSFNFNCFSGSPN4FQU I woke up late that morning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; around 10:30. I remember panicking because my mother worked in Tower 7. I was very upset until we heard from her around 2. She had been late to work that day and her train stopped in the tunnel after the first attack. Once my family was accounted for, I tried to go help at ground zero, but they were turning away volunteers by then. [Ed:The original 7 World Trade Center building was located across from the twin towers and destroyed in terrorists attacks; the current 7 World Trade Center opened in 2006.]

)PXIBTUIFDJUZDIBOHFETJODFUIBUEBZ I'm not sure it has, quite honestly. If anything, maybe I think that there's a sense, among New Yorkers, that only another New Yorker can relate to what that day was like â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that it was a certain kind of communal experience, that changed us, and changed the city but not necessarily in a clear-cut way. I think it's subtle though, and it's rare that I notice it day to day. It's more in the kind of glance that you'll give to any other New Yorkers in the room when the subject comes up, that you, and they, know what it was like.

)PXIBTUIFDJUZDIBOHFETJODF4FQU Everything that seemed so different and permanent in the aftermath of the attacks has become routine and has reverted to the way it was before. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of the same for the fire and police departments, even. It seemed like we would become a friendlier, more helpful, cohesive city after the attacks, but that didn't take long to revert, either.The city has definitely changed, but I don't know how much has to do with 9/11.



)PXIBTUIFDJUZDIBOHFETJODF  It's hard to remember what NYC was like before 9/11. It seems normal now to have cops with assault rifles on guard duty, K-9 teams in Time Square, andâ&#x20AC;&#x153;If You See Something, Say Something.â&#x20AC;?signs in the subway. I think we all take the threat that we live under more seriously. Â&#x2030;$58'FBUVSFT Interviews and subject photographs By MICHAEL FALCO


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NEW YORK — The Rev. Lawrence R. Recla, a 1960 Berwick High and 1965 Bloomsburg State College graduate, admires the heroics of Ground Zero volunteers on Sept. 11, 2001. He saw first-hand what they did; he was there. At the time, Recla was the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Astoria, Queens, N.Y. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, he became a chaplain at the temporary morgue. His duties included assisting with the honoring and disposition of remains and comforting the loved ones of those who were lost. From October 2001 to June 2002, he worked on average one day per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Though the ceremonial closing of the morgue was held May 30, 2002, he served there until June 2. “The only people who came in after me had wrecking balls,” Recla said.

THE REV. LAWRENCE R. RECLA, right, sits at a table at the base of the World Trade Center cross at Ground Zero in New York with Greg Schaffer, who at the time was a seminary student at the University of California, Berkeley. A woman there who had been encouraged by Recla sent the banner covering the table. It depicts San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

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ministry. He said the way he was trained as a “Students learned as much from the In addition, his church hosted the serteacher at Bloomsburg, including his ex- way things were taught as what was vice for United and American airlines perience as a student teacher, helped him taught,” Recla said. “I owe a thank you to workers on Sept. 25, 2001. with the recovery effort at Ground Zero. the faculty at Bloomsburg State.” Recla now lives in Florida, where he volunteers as the critical incident stress management chaplain for The Villages Fire & Rescue Department. He said a highlight of his connection to the attacks in the decade since was a ceremony commemorating the seventh anniversary on Sept. 11, 2008. He addressed more than 5,000 people at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The cadets presented him with a wooden falcon; the sports teams at the academy are nicknamed the Falcons. He said the piece means a lot to him.

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“Our freedoms are less.” says Yvonne. “We’ve been restricted — punished in a way — because of other people’s acts. Adds Neil, “On 9-11, the terrorists won. They changed our country through fear, making us willing to compromise our civil liberties. “Neil and Yvonne believe that as a country, we must remember what happened in New York, Washington and Shanksville 10 years ago. “It shouldn’t be ‘just a day’ to young people,” Neil says.

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