Sept. 7, 2002 - Are we ready?
ARE WE READY?: During the days
after Sept. 11, acting-Gov. Jane Swift and other state officials promised
sweeping changes in state security to guard against future terrorist
attacks. A year later, Swift and legislators are pointing fingers at
each other over their security failures. Read
- IN NEED OF FUNDS: TOWN BY TOWN
... Local police and fire chiefs watched and listened intently for months
while national leaders repeatedly stressed the critical need to upgrade
public safety agencies in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Programs were unveiled
to provide training, equipment and manpower. Grants were announced.
Hopes were high. One year later, the status quo remains largely intact.
- HOW SECURE?: Since Sept. 11,
measures have been put in place to keep sites considered possible targets
safe from terrorists, although visits to a select few demonstrate that
the extent and tightness of security varies. Read
- PORTS OF ENTRY: A drive from
Cape Cod to downtown Boston reveals countless spots where a terrorist
could illegally enter the state without setting foot in Logan International
Airport. Read more...
- BIO-TERRORISM: Dr. Richard Herman
believed he and his emergency room at Brockton Hospital could handle
any disaster. That was before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and subsequent
anthrax mailings introduced a new possibility to his imagination: bioterrorism.
- NO MONEY: Cities and towns in
Massachusetts have yet to receive any money to fight terrorism. Read
Sept. 9, 2002 - Life as we know it
- A LOT OF UNEASE: A year later,
Cheryl Princiotta of Weymouth is still afraid to fly. Maura Heidcamp
of Plymouth has dreams that shes lost. The shock and disbelief
of the terrorist attacks has worn off for them, but in the back of their
minds the unease is still there. Read more...
- TEACHING HISTORY: South Shore
principals say they have no plans to refocus courses on international
history, world geography or the political upheaval in the Middle East.
Instead, they will hold moments of silence, assemblies and class discussions
to deal with the one-year anniversary. Read
Sept. 10, 2002 - America at war
- WORRIED WAIT:
For American families with loved ones in the military, armed services,
the months since after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have been difficult
ones - fraught with worry, fear and anger. Read
- EAGER RECRUITS: JoAnne Bastable
planned to join the Army even before Sept. 11. The terrorist attacks
of that day and the ensuing war on terrorism only made her more eager
to enlist. For the nation, a sudden surge in patriotism following the
attacks has translated into a large supply of eager military recruits.
Sept. 11, 2002 - In memoriam
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- WE REMEMBER: A year later, the
families of the victims can think of little else. On some days, relatives
of World Trade Center victims say they can still hear the towers collapsing,
even see glass and steel flying through a crisp September sky. Read
- STATE OF GRACE:
Through moments of silence and by attendance at vigils, church services
and school assemblies, residents across the South Shore display their
reverence for the thousands of people who died. Read
- HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: As the
planes struck and the towers collapsed, as black smoke covered Manhattan
and thousands fled through the streets, Eleanor Reidy asked herself:
What is going to happen to this country? We fought for liberty
and justice and freedom, and I thought they (my generation) had saved
the world. Read more...
- WHERE WE WERE:
Like the assassination of President Kennedy, the Cuban Missile Crisis
or Pearl Harbor, most people will never forget where they were and what
they were doing when they got the news.. Read
- MOVING FORWARD: Without realizing
she was doing it, or necessarily wanting to, Christie Coombs has become
a public face of the Sept. 11 tragedy for the South Shore and much of
Massachusetts. Read more...
- OUR SURVEY: View the
results of our survey of South Shore residents and their thoughts of
the Sept. 11 tragedy and aftermath. Read
Patriot Ledger Sept. 11 Survey Results
our reprinted special report:
of wire, staff images
from Mirana Comstock, a native New Yorker who lives in Hull.
remember Sept. 11 starting out as a pretty normal day. It was
a beautiful sunny day and I remember being stuck in traffic, which
made me a half-hour late to work.
turned on my computer, and there was the news of the first plane
hitting the World Trade Center tower. I could not believe it.
I asked my boss, who used to be an air traffic controller, how
a plane could make such an error and fly into a building. Before
we knew it was a commercial airliner, we both assumed it was a
private plane which had mechanical problems. To our horror and
dismay, it was not, and then the report of the next plane came
through on the Internet. Our office became a Mecca of questions,
concerns and downright disbelief of what was happening.
also felt isolated, since I wasn't near a TV and was relying on
radio and the Internet for answers. All that I wanted to do was
get out of Boston and go home to my son. My heart was filled with
sadness for all the families that were affected directly by this
act of terrorism.
the next few weeks I saw a country pull together and heal with
the help of a strong sense of patriotism. I am blessed that I
have the backing of such a great country, and my life will forever
be changed by the events of Sept. 11.