This weekend Americans are marking the passage of 20 years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a tragedy that seems to grow more incomprehensible the further we get from it. Nearly 3,000 lives were taken the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, in a horrifying chain of events from New York City to Washington, D.C., to a field in rural Pennsylvania.
In the Saturday and Sunday editions of The Denver Post, our journalists gauged the local impacts of that day and the wars that followed, events now passing from vivid recent memories to increasingly distant history.
Our coverage includes:
- Jon Murray and Shelly Bradbury checking in with some of the Coloradans who were most directly affected by 9/11, from family members of those who perished in the World Trade Center and aboard jetliners to a man who watched the towers fall from two blocks away and a woman who, with her dog, helped locate remains in the smoldering pile at ground zero.
- Elise Schmelzer talking to a number of Colorado veterans of the two wars that followed 9/11, learning how their experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq have shaped their lives back home in the years since.
- Saja Hindi sharing the stories of Coloradans of the Muslim faith whose world instantly changed on Sept. 11, prompting them to battle hate and Islamophobia in the ensuing years by educating the public about thei religion.
- Elizabeth Hernandez examining how the terror attacks are — or aren’t — being taught in Colorado schools.
- And, finally, photographer RJ Sangosti documenting in images the solemn 20th anniversary commemoration at ground zero in New York City.
We hope you’ll spend some time this weekend learning about how, two decades later, 9/11 continues to cast its shadow on the lives of our fellow Coloradans.
— Matt Sebastian, Managing Editor
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