When the hills seemed too steep to climb or a hard rain was pelting his skin, former flight attendant Paul “Paulie” Veneto kept his head down, stared at the nine faces smiling back at him, and powered through the pain.
It’s been 20 years since the worst attack on our country. I lost many people I knew and loved.
Sept. 11, 2001, was the worst day I ever spent in The Tablet office. As I approached 310 Prospect Park West where our offices were located, I heard the news on the “Imus in the Morning” radio show. Bulletin — a plane has crashed into the World Trade Center.
When Alfredo “Freddie” De Los Santos puts on his helmet and gets into his bike, the world around him becomes blurs of colors. He leans forward, eyes staring straight ahead, and pedals with his arms, driven by the desire to go faster and farther than the day before.
When Xavier High School religion teacher Stephanie Boccuzzi was in the fourth grade, an early morning recess session on Sept. 11, 2001, turned into an immediate dismissal. Back then, she had no idea why.
New Yorkers still remember where they were and what they were doing on the morning of Sept. 11 two decades ago. Susan Fiorentino was sitting in her classroom at St. Ann School in Dongan Hills, S.I., that day. Her father was a retired officer from the New York Police Department at the time, but he went down to ground zero following the attacks.
After seeing the Taliban’s sweep through Afghanistan to retake governing control, Colleen Kelly wonders if accountability for the death of her brother in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York 20 years ago and the subsequent war in Afghanistan will ever be achieved.
With less than a year left in the reconstruction of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, Michael Psaros foresees a church that honors the lives that were lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on New York.
This year, Patriot Day will be observed on Friday, September 11, the 19th Anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville in Pennsylvania. Each year, Patriot Day is celebrated in remembrance of all those who were killed or injured by the terrorist attack.
Luis Alvarez learned the importance of being compassionate and serving others during his four years at Msgr. McClancy Memorial H.S., East Elmhurst. Those were values Alvarez put into practice when he served in the Marine Corps, responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and testified on Capitol Hill in June.