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5 Things to Know: Your 9/11 Stories Matter

Patch plans to honor the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack through the stories and viewpoints of its community members.

On Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, Long Islanders will remember the attack that shattered the heart of the nation and left thousands in the New York area mourning the loss of their parents, children, relatives and heroes.

In the decade that’s followed, the rebuilding has been felt on many levels, from the workers who shifted from clearing bricks to laying them at Ground Zero, to the parents teaching their children tolerance yet vigilance in a post-9/11 world.

In the coming weeks, Patch will focus on the local stories of remembrance and healing in our communities, and central to that is the willingness of our citizens to share their stories and viewpoints.

Here are five ways you can join Patch and share your stories.

1. Though 10 years is a long time to heal, the events of 9/11 left people eternally changed. To capture what that means in our communities, we’re asking people to send in short descriptions on how the tragedy changed them. Email them to henry@patch.com with your name and home town and we’ll feature them on your local Patch leading up to the anniversary.

2. If you’d like to share more than how 9/11 changed you, either by remembering where you were when the tragedy struck, or by paying tribute to the heroes who inspired you, we’d love to have you blog on your community Patch. Click on the “Want to blog on Patch?” link on the homepage or email the editor to get set up.

3. While many of us had to teach ourselves to understand the events of 9/11, a select few had to teach our children. We’d like to hear from the educators of all levels in the community on how they go about teaching 9/11 and how the experience has changed over the years. Send an email to henry@patch.com.

4. Patch will be at events and ceremonies across Long Island related to the anniversary, from the Suffolk County memorial service on Sept. 8 at the county headquarters in Hauppauge to ceremonies at the Southampton Firehouse and Calverton National Cemetery. But if you are holding any events related to 9/11, be sure to add them to our calendars so the community knows and can attend. We’ll try to make it, too.

5. Many people honor the occasion by volunteering, and we’d like to make sure the community knows about all the opportunities that exist in our areas. Let the editors know about your organization by emailing them directly, or post "Volunteers Needed" announcements on the site. We’ll display them prominently in the days leading up to the anniversary.

Diane Tepper August 12, 2011 at 01:35 PM
9/11 brought alarming fear to America. In spite of this, bias, greed, lies, turmoil, destruction and political power plays have not changed in the US or the world. The evil that took place on 9/11 is insidious, it continues every day. Remembering and paying tribute to the families of victims is not enough. Looking at my one's inner anger can make a difference. Peace is a concept, protest can make a difference. Then, perhaps, the loss of 9/11 will matter.
Greg Martinez August 12, 2011 at 07:24 PM
On Sept. 11, 2011 I was in a state car driven by my supervisor on the way from our Hauppauge office to a meeting in our Queens district office. We were on Long Island Expressway. It was a beautiful day. But there was a brown haze on the horizon. Unmarked police or emergency services were zipping by us with their lights blinking. I recall saying to my supervisor "looks like a bad fire in Manhattan." When we arrived in the office co-workers were in the office surrounding a small TV. When the second plane hit I can recall remarking "we are at war with someone." A neighbor I knew growing up right next door died. My brother-in-law saw people jumping to their death from the World Trade Ctr. Those are some of my memories. Lets all remember we are in a World War against Islamo-fascism.
ilkunta August 22, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Very sad that 3000 people died that day. BUt MORE THAN 3000 die every day in developing places like africa, central american, south america, central europe. Is a US life worth more than the life of another ?
ilkunta August 22, 2011 at 05:41 PM
We ARE NOT in a war against Islamo-fascism. When CHRISTIAN Timothey McVEight bommbed the OK murrah bldg, were there riots against Christians. Those that profess to be Muslim and call their horrrd acts jihad are not practicing Islam.
Leah Bush (Editor) August 22, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Hi Gregory, Would you like to share your story for a nationwide feature on 9/11? Email me at Leah.Bush@patch.com.
Lorraine Gari August 26, 2011 at 04:25 PM
I was amazed to see people of the city of NY come together: as a healthcare provider I was helped by wonderful police officers and others to reach Chelsea Piers, the central "MASH" operation.The teams were well organized to prepare for what was expected to be thousands of injured. Also credit must go to St. Vincents Hospital and surrounding hospitals for the teams of people on the streets already well mobilized for the disaster. Although it was horrible, the incredible tenacity, strength, compassion and kindness of New Yorkers was evident everywhere.
Mark Wilson August 26, 2011 at 04:56 PM
New York Mayor Bloomberg Bans Religion at 9/11 Ceremony Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 06:19 PM By Martin Gould New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is under attack for refusing to allow members of the clergy to play a role in the city’s commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Bloomberg insists the ceremonies should focus on the families of those killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center. He is also barring political speech. But pastors and politicians are lining up to lambast his decision, reports The Wall Street Journal. "This is America, and to have a memorial service where there's no prayer, this appears to be insanity to me," said Rudy Washington, a deputy mayor under Bloomberg’s predecessor Rudy Giuliani, who organized a nationally televised interfaith ceremony at Yankee Stadium in the days after the 2001 attacks. "I feel like America has lost its way," added Washington. “I am very upset about it. This is crazy.” http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/bloomberg-911-bans-religion/2011/08/24/id/408556
Mary Beth August 26, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Mr. Wilson, is there not one article that is not subject to your nonsense? You soil the memories of those who perished - including Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, et al
Mark Wilson August 26, 2011 at 05:30 PM
It seems people like Bloomberg are doing exactly that, and apparently you agree with him, and feel, absolutely, no revulsion at their acts of disrespect to everyone.
Mary Beth August 26, 2011 at 05:42 PM
What I find repulsive is your arrogant insistence that everyone feel the same as you. I find it despicable that you would use this article, the stated purpose of which is to give people an opportunity to "tell their stories", to spread your hateful rhetoric.
Mark Wilson August 26, 2011 at 06:21 PM
I can see how you would be afraid of that, and how that would threaten your purely secular view of 9-11...."personal memories", as things suspended in time, and about lives completely devoid of religion, with no connection to religion. Here at the ten year mark, how have our personal memories transformed us for the better, if it is letting others like Bloomberg transform our personal memories, into something purely secular ? How have these "personal memories" actually transformed the loved ones and friends ? It is more interesting to see how it has clearly changed you. Thanks for sharing.

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