Remembering five years later
Today marks the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, a date in history Americans, Truckee-ites and North Tahoe residents associate with the terrorist attacks of 2001. The images captured on television of the airplanes flying into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., and the highjacking of United Airlines flight 93, are ingrained in people’s minds.
How are the Sept. 11 attacks being remembered five years later?
The Truckee Fire Protection District’s downtown station flag will fly at half-staff today to honor those who lost their lives in the disaster and to pay tribute to the two pilots who died.
The effects of the day have changed the way the Truckee fire district functions, said Gene Welch, Truckee fire’s public safety and information officer.
“Because of 9/11 and the terrorist threats we’ve become more security conscious,” Welch said.
The number of victims from the Sept. 11 attacks stands at 2,973: 2,749 at the trade center, 184 at the Pentagon and 40 in Pennsylvania.
The Truckee Fire Protection District will have a “safety stand-down” from 10 a.m. to noon today to address any safety issues on the job and talk about accountability of fellow firefighters when out on a fire, Welch said.
Firefighters will review a “near miss” situation that occurred when a group of firefighters became trapped in a fire engine, as flames crept closer, while out fighting the Balls Canyon fire this summer, Welch said.
The Truckee Police Department will also lower its flag to half-staff in remembrance of Sept. 11, Police Chief Scott Berry said.
Welch said firefighters experience “death and destruction on a daily basis” as part of their job everyday.
“We have a mental health professional that will talk to anyone on staff like the folks in New York have,” Welch said.
(AP) ” Cold, dry numbers never can tell the full story.
Ponder enough of them, though, and they help to fill out the portrait of how life has changed since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Quantities large and small speak to wars fought, innocence lost, books read, plots foiled, deaths mourned, hassles institutionalized.
– 272: Deaths of U.S. servicemen and women in and around Afghanistan.
– 2,655: Deaths of U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq war.
– 21,000: Members of U.S. military now in Afghanistan.
– 145,000: Members of U.S. military now in Iraq.
– 1.35 million: Members of U.S. military deployed for Afghan and Iraq wars since 2001.
– 380,000: National Guard and Reserve members among those deployed for Afghan and Iraq wars.
– 11: Weeks the Sept. 11 commission’s final report was No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction.
– $19 million: Movie ticket sales for “World Trade Center” on its first weekend in theaters. (Director Oliver Stone’s best weekend debut ever.)
– $119 million: Ticket sales for Michael Moore’s anti-Bush documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11,” the top-grossing documentary of all time.
– 1,248: Books published related to the Sept. 11 attacks.
– 5: CIA’s ranking in a list of ideal places to work, based on a survey of college undergraduates at 207 universities. (FBI was 4th; State Department was 3rd; Disney and Google were top two vote-getters.)
– $2.50: Security fee paid by airline passengers for each leg of every trip flown.
– $2.1 million: Average award from government compensation fund to families of those killed on Sept. 11.
– $150 million: Assets of terrorists frozen worldwide.
– $40 billion: Airline industry losses.
– $432 billion: Approved by Congress for Iraq and the war on terrorism.
– 46: Percent of people polled in the United States who are confident Osama bin Laden will be caught.
– 50: Percent who say the attacks affect the way they live their lives today.
– 60: Percent who think there will be more terrorism in the United States because the U.S. went to war in Iraq.
– 95: Percent who remember exactly where they were or what they were doing when they heard about Sept. 11 attacks.
– 5: Galleries in the Tribute Visitors Center at the World Trade Center site in New York, which will serve as a temporary memorial space until the official memorial opens in 2009.
– 184: Benches to be installed at Pentagon memorial, each over its own small reflecting pool and inscribed with a victim’s name.
– 500,000: Visitors to the field outside Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 crashed.
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