Five years after 9/11
Ground zero is a construction pit. The Pentagon has healed and buttoned up tighter.
The grassy field in Shanksville, Pa., is so quiet you can hear the wind blow,
until the next tour bus roars over the ridge.
places where al-Qaida hijackers crashed jetliners Sept. 11 are as starkly
different as they were before that day. Their raw emotional edges are
worn down, and each site is being fitted for a monument. Some young
people already think of the crash sites as historical sites, like battlefields
of the Civil War.
impact points are far from sterile. They still evoke strong emotions.
And at the fifth anniversary, they attract a mix of visitors, from
the tearful to the angry, to the jaded to the skeptical.
Five years later, everyone still remembers where they were when
that first plane struck and World Trade Center. They remember the
smoldering hole. They say they always will. READ STORY
in an altered world
attacks from a child’s view
in religion swells, recedes
calls some to enlist in Guard
of loyalty, love of country
response fuels business
culture steps gingerly at first
9/11 death breaks a family apart
FALMOUTH – Life, especially life with young children, would not stand still for
Cheryle Sincock’s grown daughters after American Flight 77 ripped into the Pentagon.
In the five
years since Sincock died, a daughter has married and given birth to
two sons. Another daughter has divorced and made a fresh start. Sincock’s
husband, Craig, has remarried, too, and moved out of the home that
was too painful to live in. And a fight over nearly $700,000 in federal
compensation has led to the estrangement of Craig Sincock from his
three stepdaughters of 25 years, who still refer to him as Dad.
the new beginnings and the collateral damage of life without Cheryle
was like the city had just kind of stopped’
What Ken Garcia remembers is what an unseasonably pleasant day it was
“Usually, it’s very hot [in New York City] that time of year,” he
said, while recalling the trek from his apartment in Queens to his
job at a public-relations firm in midtown Manhattan. “That
day happened to be one with a clear blue sky and a little bit of
It was a glorious day.”
until the unthinkable happened and made Sept. 11 infamous. READ
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