Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ 9/11 memorial plaza in New York City opens to public ]]> Lead story image

The plot of land known for a decade as “the pile,” “the pit” and “ground zero” opened to the public Monday for the first time since that terrible morning in 2001, transformed into a memorial consisting of two serene reflecting pools ringed by the chiseled-in-bronze names of the nearly 3,000 souls lost. The 9/11 memorial plaza opened its gates at 10 a.m. under tight, airport-style security. Visitors were allowed to walk among hundreds of white oak trees on the eight-acre site and gaze at the water on the exact spots where the World Trade Center’s twin towers stood. They will … ]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 21:12:04 -0600 <![CDATA[ America observes 10th anniversary of 9/11 ]]> Lead story image

The names of the Sept. 11 dead echoed across ground zero Sunday in a haunting but hopeful tribute on the 10th anniversary of the terror attack. ]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 01:10:15 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago remembers 9/11 with sirens, ceremonies ]]> Lead story image

The eyes of the nation may have been on New York City on Sunday, but dozens of remembrance services across the Chicago area showed the atrocity of 9/11 was felt every bit as keenly here. ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:47:39 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago schools chief watched 9/11 chaos from Brooklyn rooftop ]]> Lead story image

Today, Jean-Claude Brizard is CEO of Chicago Public Schools. But on Sep. 11, 2001, he was principal of George Westinghouse High School, located 2.5 miles from and across the Brooklyn Bridge from the World Trade Center. That morning, concerned about reports that a plane had hit the WTC, Brizard headed to the rooftop of a building adjacant to his Brooklyn school with a teacher who lived there. Also a licensed pilot, Brizard said he realized it was “kind of weird a plane would hit a building on a clear, crisp day that didn’t seem to be on the pattern for … ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:47:39 -0600 <![CDATA[ Where were you Sept. 11, 2001? ]]>

September 11, 2001 is a date not many will forget. Like tragedies before it, everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when the Word Trade Center Towers fell. We want to hear your story. ]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 14:20:26 -0600 <![CDATA[ Local firefighters relive painful memories in annual 9/11 pilgrimage to NYC ]]> Lead story image

Editor’s note: Mark Konkol rode his 2007 Harley Ultra Classic alongside Chicago firefighter Tom Maloney on the journey to Ground Zero. Check his updates on Twitter @KonkolsKorner and on his blog at GROUND ZERO — For Chicago Firefighter Stan Salata the annual motorcycle pilgrimage from Sox Park to New York City is “group therapy.” “I don’t know if I’m ever going to get past what I went through at Ground Zero. But this ride is something I need every year,” said Salata, who rushed to Manhattan after terrorist-hijacked planes crumbled the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. … ]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:16:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ At 3 sites of loss, Obama quietly honors 9/11 dead ]]> Lead story image

On a day of serenity and remembrance, President Barack Obama honored the dead of Sept. 11 with his quiet presence Sunday at the most tangible reminders of both the incredible loss and dauntless resilience of a country rebuilding a decade later. At New York’s ground zero, Obama touched the names of the lost etched into bronze at a memorial pool created in the footprint of one of the downed World Trade Center towers. In a field in rural Pennsylvania, he helped place a wreath at the marbled Wall of Names memorializing those who crashed at Shanksville after fighting back against … ]]> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:14:24 -0600 <![CDATA[ Every day is a 9/11 remembrance for survivor ]]> Lead story image

After the commemorations are over, after the 10th anniversary is a memory for millions of Americans, 9/11 will be a daily remembrance for at least one who survived. From the Aon office on the 99th floor of the World Trade Center’s south tower, Heinz Paul, 55, saw the first plane hit the twin tower. His first reaction, to get out, saved his life. The avid hiker took the stairs, the long way but the route that got him out safely. He was on the 48th floor stairwell when the second plane slammed into the 77th-85th floors or his building. Yet … ]]> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 15:36:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ Grief, reflection mark Flight 93 memorial ceremony ]]> Lead story image

A decade after 40 passengers and crew died when Flight 93 knifed into a Pennsylvania field, family members grieved, reflected and looked forward during ceremonies at the new permanent memorial to the sacrifices made there, described by one former president as one of the most courageous in U.S. history. On Sunday, a day after the Flight 93 National Memorial was dedicated with speeches by former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, placed a wreath at the memorial by the 40-panel wall bearing the names of those who died. Sandra Jamerson, 59, of Antioch, … ]]> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 14:16:29 -0600 <![CDATA[ Homeland security funding put to practical use in region ]]> Lead story image

Ten years after 9/11, the federal government has doled out more than $32 billion to states for anti-terrorism grants. Local officials say that planning and training for disasters has helped communication and decision-making even in common emergency situations. Indiana has received $256 million in federal grants since 2002, with about $5.4 million directed toward District 1, which includes Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper and Newton counties. Local agencies have purchased items such as emergency sirens in Valparaiso, protective suits in Hammond, laptops for police cruisers in Merrillville, and security cameras for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District. But the big purchases … ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:47:49 -0600 <![CDATA[ 9/11 is marked worldwide with reflection, prayers ]]> Lead story image

A mother in Malaysia greeted her dead son. People in Manila left roses for the victim who helped give them homes. And mourners in Tokyo stood before a piece of steel from ground zero, remembering the 23 bank employees who never made it out alive. A decade after 9/11, the day that changed so much for so many people, the world’s leaders and citizens paused to reflect Sunday. But there were also those — including a former Malaysian prime minister — who reiterated old claims that the U.S. government itself was behind the attacks. From Sydney to Spain, formal ceremonies … ]]> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 09:08:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Crown Point church creates ‘sacred ground’ 9/11 memorial ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — Bruno Panning of Schererville wiped away tears as soil from Ground Zero, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., were added to the 9/11 memorial Sunday at First United Methodist Church. “As such, this is sacred ground to us as Americans,” said the Rev. Tom Shanahan, the church’s pastor, as he consecrated the corner at 325 S. Main St., where the memorial is located, as holy ground. Panning, a Korean War veteran, like many in the crowd of more than 300 parishioners and citizens, was visibly moved by the ceremony dedicating the memorial. Bells tolled at 8:46 a.m. to … ]]> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 15:15:50 -0600 <![CDATA[ Memories of Sept. 11 echo at rebuilt Pentagon ]]> Lead story image

Memories of horror and heroism echoed Sunday across the west side of the Pentagon where, a decade ago, a hijacked airplane carrying 59 doomed passengers and crew and 36,200 pounds of jet fuel smashed into the fortress-like military headquarters, killing all aboard and 125 inside. At a ceremony attended by an estimated 1,600 people, including 1,200 relatives of the victims, Vice President Joe Biden joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in paying solemn tribute to the families of the fallen. They also highlighted the contributions of the U.S. military … ]]> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:14:43 -0600 <![CDATA[ WTC girder will anchor memorial ]]> Lead story image

SCHERERVILLE — Emergency workers in town never enjoy marking the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil each year, but on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, they had more reason than ever to be proud. After several years of research, the Schererville Fire Department obtained a steel girder from the World Trade Center for a memorial it plans to erect honoring fallen emergency responders. Fire engine No. 2 carried the girder amid the roar of those attending the service Sunday at the Town Hall. Fire Department officials had tossed around ideas for a memorial for years, mentioning the idea of getting a piece of … ]]> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 15:15:39 -0600