KPLU's Tom Paulson wondered over on our Humanosphere blog: "What has happened to our sense of ourselves as global citizens and how Sept. 11, 2001, may have altered matters of global health, foreign aid, development — basically, the global humanitarian agenda.
The short answer: It’s a mixed bag of good and bad, some clear signs of what many see as progress but also some disturbing lessons not learned."
On Sept. 11, 2001, and the following days, more than 30,000 people gathered at the International Fountain at Seattle Center for a flower vigil that became one of many spontaneous gatherings around the world.
I was happy to be among them, and glad to be among a smaller but just as meaningful group 10 years later.
On Sept. 11, 2001, and the following days, more than 30,000 people gathered at the International Fountain at Seattle Center for a flower vigil that became one of many spontaneous gatherings around the world. KPLU News Director Erin Hennessey says she was happy to be among them then and glad to be among a smaller but just as meaningful group 10 years later.
“There was such a shift from what I thought life was going to be, to what it turned out to be. That’s where things really started for me. It’s where I started growing up, I would say.”
In early September of 2001, Kevin Finch moved from his childhood home in Puyallup, Wash., to the dorms at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) to start his freshman year in college. His plan was to finish in 4 years with a degree in something related to health care, an idea that began to unravel on just his second day of class.
'NORAD provided us and the public with a highly erroneous history of what happened ...'
On Sept. 11, 2001, former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton was at a conference in Leavenworth, Wash. He'd gone out for an early morning run when he got word a plane had flown into the World Trade Center in New York. He drove home to Seattle over a Steven's Pass, which had almost no traffic on it, trying to absorb the news of the attacks.
Gorton was later tapped to serve on the 9/11 Commission by President George Bush. He considers the work he did some of the most important of his life.
Reflections of a farm laborer and his son near Eltopia, Wash.:
"My name is Victor Santillan and I work for Agri-Pack, stacking hay in the trucks. I'm from Durango, Mexico and I'm proud of it too. I think people are still feeling sad about this anniversary. I feel sad for all the people that died.
Reflections from someone who plays one of the more visible security roles in the post-9/11 Northwest:
"My name is Sgt. Kerry Kintzley. I'm a Sergeant with the Washington State Patrol. I work at the Washington State ferry system screening vehicles prior to their boarding. Sissy ... is a four-year-old Lab Vizsla mix trained to detect explosives.