The 9/11 ProjectWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | email@example.com
On April 20, Toledo Free Press announced on our Facebook page that we are seeking regional residents who have stories or connections to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and in the skies over Pennsylvania. As we near the 10th anniversary of the attacks, we plan to collect and archive as many stories as we can from local residents who were in one of the affected areas or knew people who were.
As we discussed the storylines that surround what is referred to simply as “9/11,” one of the more prominent ones was the unfathomable loose end represented by Osama bin Laden, acknowledged mastermind of the attacks. For nearly a decade, bin Laden eluded capture and mocked America with periodic video messages.
That loose end was forever severed May 1, when United States Navy SEALs killed the terrorist leader in a Pakistani compound.
There was a nationwide expression of catharsis as the news broke, from impromptu street celebrations to chants at baseball games to an outpouring of emotion on social media sites.
But as someone with strong New York and New Jersey connections, I will tell you that for the people who lost loved ones on that horrific day, the death of one madman will never provide closure or end the grief wrought in the wreckage of airplanes and buildings.
Although a major part of the story has taken a dramatic turn, Toledo Free Press is committed to interviewing local residents with 9/11 stories to tell and to preserving them in a special news project that will be published Sept. 11, 2011, the exact 10-year anniversary of the attacks.
If you are a regional resident who was in one of the impacted cities, who knew someone in the attack zones or who has a story to tell about how the echoes of 9/11 reached Northwest Ohio, please consider contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are compiling stories and would like to speak with you about our 9/11 project, which we are committed to making a comprehensive contribution to the archived knowledge of that sad day.
The evil bin Laden is gone, but his loss is insignificant compared to the sacrifices many of our friends and neighbors made, and continue to make, in the fallout from 9/11.
We look forward to hearing your stories and sharing them, for current readers and those far into the future.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at email@example.com.