The 9/11 Anniversary: Florida Remembers

Composite of events affecting FL around 9/11 attacks

The attacks took place far from Florida. The planes crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside the Pentagon, and of course, the Twin Towers. But the events of 9/11 shook Florida to its core – and still shakes us 10 years later.

WUSF looks at Florida’s role on that day 10 years ago…from President Bush reading to Sarasota children as the attacks occurred, to the military men and women at CENTCOM who understood their lives would never be the same. And we also explore how that day changed Florida, for better and for worse.

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Cast into the water

Moments of silence and commemorations were held across the Bay Area to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It began shortly after sunrise on the deck of the American Victory Ship, moored along Tampa's Channelside.

Hundreds gathered today in downtown Tampa beneath a giant American flag to remember those who died on September 11th ten years ago, and to honor everyone who's made sacrifices for their country since.

Under a cloud dappled sky at the U.S. Central Command Memorial on Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base - a brief remembrance was held for those lost during the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Jennifer Molina is executive editor of HealthyState.org, WUSF's health reporting project

On Sept. 11, 2001, I had intended to run an errand at the World Trade Center -- but a last-minute change of plans kept me out of harm's way. I've since moved from New York to Tampa, and the 9/11 anniversary reminds me of the resilience of New Yorkers.

Congressional 9/11 Inquiry

New information is surfacing that a Saudi family in Sarasota is linked to the masterminds of the 9/11 terror attack. Even though the FBI investigated the connection after the family fled, Congressional investigators were never notified. And that has former Sen.

Almost ten years later, a new link has been discovered between Florida and the 9/11 attackers.

Two of the hijackers, including mastermind Mohammed Atta, appear to have visited the home of a Saudi family in Sarasota. And phone records link people in the house to several terrorism suspects.

The first thing I noticed when I came out of the Fulton street Subway stop was the taste. It was like I had a penny in my mouth. A very sharp, metallic taste.

I quickly realized that the pulverized remains of the fallen World Trade Center towers were literally still in the air.

Sarasota panel

A New York City firefighter, an office worker in the World Trade Center, a reporter in Sarasota. Their lives all intersected on 9/11. They recounted their experiences about that day 10 years ago before a packed audience last night at Selby Auditorium on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

US Central Command logo.

The day of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. Central Command - based at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base – had a small delegation meeting in Cairo, Egypt - among them - Army Col. Jack Dees.

Items on Derek Jenkins' desk

September 11, 2001 was supposed to be a special day for the students and staff at Emma Booker Elementary in Sarasota. President George W. Bush was visiting them that day. They had no idea they would become accidental witnesses to history.

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Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? President Bush was reading to schoolchildren in Sarasota...and WUSF's Steve Newborn was there...

Rudi Deckers watched the towers fall, not yet knowing two former students at his Venice flight school were responsible..

And the leaders at CENTCOMM prepared for war, a war that's still going on today.

In this special show, hear the Florida Stories of 9/11.

Madeira Beach 9-11 Memorial designers Greg Osburn & Eli Pano behind the 800 pound WTC beam that will be the Memorial's centerpiece

With the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks just over a month away, the city of Madeira Beach is preparing to build a memorial to the victims of that tragic day. A pair of USF students have designed that memorial, which will feature a 800-pound piece of steel taken from the World Trade Center wreckage. This week's University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM talks to the two students about their plans and what they hope people will get from visiting their creation.

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