Sept. 11, 2001

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Bear in Mind

From Texas to New York, all Bears have a story to tell. Relive unforgettable moments and memories of staff and students in honor of the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.

Recalling Sept. 11, 2011
Pedestrians in lower Manhattan watch smoke rise on Sept. 11, 2001 from the World Trade Tower after the early morning terrorist attack in New York. landmark.
Associated Press

Reliving to remember

The planes will crash. You’ll hear police sirens, the voices of those who lived and many who didn’t. You’ll feel like you’re in the buildings. And then they’ll fall.

There’s long been talk of a room in the Sept. 11 museum that will look something like this. Planners spoke years ago of an “immersive” area where visitors will hear, see and know what Sept. 11 really felt like.

Maybe you’ll hear Brian Sweeney, a passenger on United Flight 175, calling his wife minutes before his plane barreled into the World Trade Center’s south tower. . .

Esteban Diaz | Editorial Cartoonist

Editorial: Our generation must preserve 9/11 memory

It’s difficult to find a starting point for this editorial.

That might be because on Sunday, when we look back on the last 10 years, we’ll see that Sept. 11, 2001, was as much the same to everyone as it was different to each individual person.

We all remember the. . .

The shadow of Chris Braman is seen at the entrance of the 911 memorial at the Pentagon, August 22, 2011 which is dedicated to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
McClatchy Tribune

Lives lost and remembered in the decade since Sept. 11

A black Gillette safety razor rests on the bathroom sink at Kenneth Fairben’s Floral Park home, its blade long-ago rusted. The razor has been in the same spot since Sept. 11, 2001, the last morning his son, Keith, used it before walking out the front door to his job as a paramedic in Manhattan.

Fairben sees it every morning when he shaves; he sees it every night when he brushes his teeth. . .

The Lost Heroes Art Quilt created by artist Julie Feingold was on display Friday in the Allbritton Foyer of Moody Library to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.
Baylor University

9/11 commemorative quilt makes last stop at Baylor

A quilt commemorating soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, will be on display today in the Allbritton Foyer of Moody Library.

At 3 p.m., the quilt will be displayed in a special event, “A Tribute to Fallen Heroes,” on the northwest patio of Moody Memorial Library. Baylor is the quilt’s last stop before heading to Arlington National Cemetery. . .

Soldiers honored in Tribute to Fallen Heroes

The “Tribute to Fallen Heroes,” which took place at 3 p.m. Friday, served as a time of remembrance of the Sept. 11th attacks and of soldiers who have laid their lives down in the line of duty, as well as a celebration of those who still serve and who have served. The Lost Heroes Art Quilt, which had been displayed in Moody Library was also featured at the event.

Addresses during the tribute were given by Baylor President Ken Starr, Texas Senator Brian Birdwell, Brigadier General Bill Webber, Brigadier General Joseph P. DiSalvo and Waco Mayor Jim Bush. . .

The bells of the McLane Carillon rang Sunday in contemplation of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.
Lariat File Photo

Carillon rings for Sept. 11

People of all different backgrounds and ages gathered in front of the Pat Neff Hall Tower as Baylor’s Carillonneur Lynette Geary played a memorial recital on Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2001.

The memorial recital started off with contemplative pieces, such as “Doxology” by Geneva Psalter and “A Somber Pavan” by Ronald Barnes. Geary played hymns for all members of the armed forces, while finishing off with a song that was written for the Sept. 11 attacks and another song called “In Paradisum” that shows blessings for the dead.

In 2001, Geary heard of the attacks and felt. . .

Waco Hall service honors Sept. 11 lives

The memory of those who lost their lives on the morning of Sept. 11, many while selflessly serving to save others, was lifted high during a special commemoration service Sunday in Waco Hall.

“Baylor Remembers: A Service of Remembrance” featured 9/11 survivor and Texas Senator Brian Birdwell as the keynote speaker. Birdwell related details of his own recollections of that day, starting when he first arrived in his office at the Pentagon. . .

Vigil to be held at Islamic Center

On Sunday, the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, communities and people of all faiths across the country will gather to remember and reflect on the terrorist attacks that forever shaped history.

Waco will be one of those communities, as the Islamic Center of Waco prepares to hold a candlelight vigil in honor of the memory of the victims of 9/11 for the second consecutive year. . .

A construction worker sets up a U.S. flag Thursday at ground zero in New York. The National September 11 Memorial will be dedicated Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the attacks and will be open to the public the following day.
Associated Press

Bloomberg’s decision to exclude prayer, clergy sparks controversy

After New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to ban formal prayer and clergy participation from the 10th anniversary commemoration ceremony of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, controversy erupted—and is growing each day.

The event will mark the dedication of the long-awaited 9/11 Memorial, comprising two 30-foot waterfalls and acre-size reflecting pools. . .

Ondrasik to perform 9/11 song at Jets game

John Ondrasik, the singer-songwriter who goes by the stage name Five For Fighting, is returning to the New York area to perform his hit song, “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” which became an anthem for many after the terrorist attacks 10 years ago.

Ondrasik will perform at a few events this weekend, including playing “Superman” at halftime of the Dallas Cowboys-New York Jets game Sunday at MetLife Stadium. . .

Changing Times
The new Flight 93 National Memorial undergoes final preparations on Thursday for Saturday’s dedication ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Associated Press

In the wake of Sept. 11

Ten years after the attacks, America encounters new threat, reflects on changes in policy and regulations

U.S. officials said Thursday they were investigating a detailed and credible al-Qaida threat to bomb bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington on the 10-year anniversary. . .

Islamic leaders seek acceptance of local, national communities

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, a stigma has been attached to the religion of Islam in relation to terrorism. Waco has taken the first steps in learning what Muslims stand for by beginning cultural education that many hope will spread across the country.

Islam has been widely accepted and appreciated locally, said Al Siddiq, president of the Islamic Center. . .


Photos: Sept. 11, 2001

Images from 2001 and 2011 reflect our thoughts and emotions about Sept. 11, 2001.