Just about all Americans in their late 20s through their late 90s will possess some memories of Sept. 11, 2001.
Some were just children. Others were already senior citizens.
It was among America’s darkest days — the day four teams of terrorists hijacked airliners and crashed them into the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and — when passengers rebelled — into a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Thousands died. Thousands were injured. Thousands of families were changed forever — and so was the United States.
The attacks triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism around the world. The events defined the presidency of George W. Bush.
On Sept. 11, as news spread about the attacks, local people gathered in churches and on college campuses. They lit candles to remember the nearly 3,000 souls lost during the morning horror.
Some people lined up at the American Red Cross to donate blood.
Others left their jobs in downtown Albany, anxious and nervous about the potential for further attacks.
Emergency workers from the Capital Region rushed to New York City. College officials canceled classes.
Police searched trains and baggage at Amtrak’s Rensselaer train station.
“Today, our nation saw evil,” President Bush said in his evening address to the nation. There were talks of retaliation.
For weeks afterward, Americans read their newspapers and watched television news programs as they lived through — at the start of the new century — what will be remembered as one of major news events of the 2000s.
Twenty years later, we take a look back at the day people will always remember.
This special section includes:
- Remembrances from people who shared stories of their 9/11 experiences
- Interviews with public officials and dignitaries who led their communities that day
- Interviews with local residents who lost family members on Sept. 11
- A story on churches and faith leaders, and their roles on 9/11
- The lasting impact of 9/11 on the Muslim community
- A look at Sept. 11 exhibits and memorials installed in the Capital Region in the years since the attack