9/11 Anniversary

Sept. 11, 2011 will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

Full gallery »9/11 memorial preparation

  • FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012, file photo, a crane, center, works on the seventh floor of 3 World Trade Center. The skyscraper is planned to reach 80 stories at 1,150 feet (378 meters) when it's expected to be completed in 2016. On the right is 1 World Trade Center and 4 World Trade Center is on the left. Twelve years after terrorists destroyed the old World Trade Center, the new World Trade Center is becoming a reality, with a museum commemorating the attacks and two office towers where thousands of people will work set to open within the next year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, file photo taken with a fisheye lens, One World Trade Center, center, overlooks the wedge-shaped pavilion entrance of the National September 11 Museum, lower right, and the square outlines of the memorial waterfalls  in New York. Formerly known as the Freedom Tower, the 104-story, 1,776-foot tall, One World Trade Center is scheduled to be completed in early 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
  • In this Sept. 4, 2013 photo, One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in New York. Twelve years after terrorists destroyed the old World Trade Center, the new World Trade Center is becoming a reality, with a museum commemorating the attacks and two office towers where thousands of people will work set to open within the next year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  • In this Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, photo, hand painted tiles are shown as part of the Unity Memorial at Broadway at the Beach, in Myrtle Beach, S.C Unity Memorial. The 2013 ceremony is in honor of all first responders from the Midlands, including police, fire, EMS, and all branches of the armed services.  (AP Photo/The Sun News, Charles Slate) LOCAL PRINT OUT (MYRTLE BEACH HERALD OUT, HORRY INDEPENDENT OUT, CAROLINA FOREST CHRONICLE, GEORGETOWN TIMES OUT)
  • In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2013 photo, people in Brooklyn Bridge Park gather to watch a test of the Tribute in Light rising from the lower Manhattan skyline in New York. The Tribute, which commemorates the fallen twin towers, will be on display, Wednesday, Sept. 11, the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  • Charlotte Newman, 8, visits the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 in New York. Twelve years after terrorists destroyed the old World Trade Center, the new World Trade Center is becoming a reality, with a museum commemorating the attacks and two office towers where thousands of people will work set to open within the next year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Nation prepares to remember 9/11 on Patriot Day. Formerly known as the Freedom Tower, the 104-story, 1,776-foot tall, One World Trade Center is scheduled to be completed in early 2014.



Full gallery »Naples Philharmonic Orchestra: 9/11 Remembrance Concert

  • The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presented 'In Remembrance: A Concert to Honor the Victims of the 9/11 Attacks' at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Sunday. Photo by Anne Claire Shilton / Special to the Daily News
  • The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presented 'In Remembrance: A Concert to Honor the Victims of the 9/11 Attacks' at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Sunday. Photo by Anne Claire Shilton / Special to the Daily News
  • The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presented 'In Remembrance: A Concert to Honor the Victims of the 9/11 Attacks' at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Sunday. Photo by Anne Claire Shilton / Special to the Daily News
  • The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presented 'In Remembrance: A Concert to Honor the Victims of the 9/11 Attacks' at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Sunday. Photo by Anne Claire Shilton / Special to the Daily News
  • The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presented 'In Remembrance: A Concert to Honor the Victims of the 9/11 Attacks' at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Sunday. Photo by Anne Claire Shilton / Special to the Daily News
  • The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presented 'In Remembrance: A Concert to Honor the Victims of the 9/11 Attacks' at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Sunday. Photo by Anne Claire Shilton / Special to the Daily News

The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presented "In Remembrance: A Concert to Honor the Victims of the 9/11 Attacks" at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Sunday.



Full gallery »Flight United 93 remembered, September 11, 2001

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, emergency workers look at the crater created when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
  • FILE-   This Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 file photo shows Lloyd Smith, left, and Laura Sprankle of Hagerstown, Md., as they visit the overlook at the temporary Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa. In the background are a grove of sweet gum trees that were donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial by the organizers of the Sept. 11 Memorial in New York. In one sense, Shanksville is a tiny village far from major cities and cultural attractions. But the crash of Flight 93 in a field there on Sept. 11, 2001 has brought visitors from around the world to the national park site that now marks the spot where the hijacked plane came down.     (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, FILE)
  • The continuing construction for the permanent Flight 93 Memorial is seen beyond the flag-lined fence at the  current temporary memorial on Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Shanksville, Pa. The first phase of the construction is set to be completed and dedicated on Sept. 10, 2011, one day before the tenth anniversary of the crash of United Flight 93 into a field during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
  • Jeff Ray, right, and Jan Ray of Shanksville, Pa., attach a sign to the fence overlooking the crash site of  United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., Monday, May 2, 2011. Osama Bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was tracked down and shot to death Monday in Pakistan by an elite team of U.S. forces, ending an unrelenting manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, right foreground, participate in a private service for family of the victims of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
  • Jeff Ray of Shanksville, Pa., visits  the temporary memorial to United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., Monday, May 2, 2011. Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces in Pakistan on Monday, May 2, 2011 then quickly buried at sea.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Full gallery »Harley-Davidson Naples: 9/11 Ride & Remember Tribute

  • 'America the Beautiful' was in the air and on the ground during Harley Davidson of Naples 'Ride & Remember' in honor of 9/11 victims and their families, Sunday September 11, 2011.    John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent
  • Rita Seifert, left, Paul Stevens and Richard Seifert show their true colors during Harley Davidson of Naples 'Ride & Remember' in honor of 9/11 victims and their families, Sunday September 11, 2011.    John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent
  • Roman and Rony Huser enjoy their refreshments during Harley Davidson of Naples 'Ride & Remember' in honor of 9/11 victims and their families, Sunday September 11, 2011.    John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent
  • Hundreds of bikers packed the showroom during Harley Davidson of Naples 'Ride & Remember' in honor of 9/11 victims and their families, Sunday September 11, 2011.    John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent
  • Hundreds of bikers pushed through the rain and arrived safely at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church during Harley Davidson of Naples 'Ride & Remember' in honor of 9/11 victims and their families, Sunday September 11, 2011.    John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent
  • A girder (piece of metal) from The World Trade Center was on display during Harley Davidson of Naples 'Ride & Remember' in honor of 9/11 victims and their families, Sunday September 11, 2011.    John M. Wissocki / Daily News Correspondent

As a tribute to and in memory of loved ones and heroes, Harley Davidson of Naples held an all day event on Sunday, September 11, 2011. This date marked the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. The day started with an honor guard from Barron Collier High School at noon.



Full gallery »Harley Davidson Fort Myers: "Remembering American Heroes" Tribute

  • Remembering American Heroes Tribute at Harley Davidson in Fort Myers.
  • Remaining piece of the World Trade Center at the 'Honoring Our Heroes' ceremony.
  • Remembering American Heroes Tribute at Harley Davidson in Fort Myers.
  • Remembering American Heroes Tribute at Harley Davidson in Fort Myers.
  • Roses given in memory of all those who are remembered as American heroes.
  • Remembering American Heroes Tribute at Harley Davidson in Fort Myers.

Scenes from the "Remembering American Heroes Tribute" at Harley Davidson in Fort Myers.



Full gallery »Sportsworld remembers 9/11

  • Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith displays his gloves prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. Sunday was the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
  • NFL fans hug during the playing of 'Taps' in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 before a football game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
  • A giant American flag covers the field in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 before an NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
  • NFL fans hug during the playing of 'Taps' in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 before a football game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
  • Major League Baseball umpires, from left, Marvin Hudson, Brian Runge, Tim McClelland, and Ted Barrett hold American flags as they talk at the plate prior to a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Seattle. The day marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • Police, fire, and other first responders stand with the Seattle Mariners during introductions prior to a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Seattle. The officials were honored as part of the observance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Players and fans remembered the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks during games on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.



Full gallery »9/11 Remembrance Mass at St. Ann Church

  • Scenes during Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Naples. Anne Claire Shilton / Special to the Daily News
  • Scenes during Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Naples. Anne Claire Shilton / Special to the Daily News
  • Scenes during Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Naples. Anne Claire Shilton / Special to the Daily News
  • Scenes during Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Naples. Anne Claire Shilton / Special to the Daily News
  • Scenes during Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Naples. Anne Claire Shilton / Special to the Daily News
  • Scenes during Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Naples. Anne Claire Shilton / Special to the Daily News

Scenes during Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Naples.



Full gallery »Marco Firefighters mark 9/11 anniversary

  • This bouquet honored the men & women of the Marco Fire-Rescue Squad.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Fire bell donated to Marco Fire- Rescue in 9-11-02 by the Roseboom family.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • The Marco Marriott recognized Don Hunter and Michael Murphy for extraordinary community service.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Dianna Dohm, President Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation introduces guests and local heroes.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Paramedics Eddie Cabal, Anthony Gordon & Leo Rodriguez at lunch and before they had to leap up and leave on a call.  They wanted to remember 'All those who fell protecting others, the celebration of life as Americans and that we as people have all gained and sacraficed'.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.
  • Attendees enjoyed a beautifully presented luncheon at the Marco Marriott.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News-Marco Eagle.

With the Marco Fire-Rescue squad, the public and even a first responder to New York's Ground Zero in attendance the afternoon proved a rich blend of remembrance, sadness, gratefulness and hope.  Visitors travelling along 951 in Marco immediately recognized our flag flying high from the extended ladder of a Marco Fire- Rescue engine leading to more emergency trucks and ultimately to the men and women who use them dutifully in service on Marco.  A quick welcome then a Fire-Rescue Color Guard posting preceded the National Anthem, lunch and a moving talk by NYC first responder fireman Dennis Bootle.  Video presentations at times somber did not shake the patriotic feel in the room and attendees often commented that "they were here just to be here".  



Full gallery »Patriot Day Service in Bonita Springs

  • Barry Brown, left, a member of the Bonita Springs Fire Department Honor Guard, stand holds an axe as the guard presents the colors during the Patriot Day Service and 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Sunday marked the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Bonita Springs Fire Department Honor Guard member and firefighter Bruce Sheffield salutes the a helmet that symbolizes fallen firefighters  during the Patriot Day Service and 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Sunday marked the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Members of the Bonita Springs Fire Department remove their caps and bow their heads in prayer during the Patriot Day Service and 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Sunday marked the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Bonita Springs City Councilman Steven Slachta salutes as the colors are presented during the Patriot Day Service and 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Sunday marked the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Members of Boy Scout Troop 109 and Cub Scout Pack 109 stand at attention behind members of the Bonita Springs Fire Department during the Patriot Day Service and 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Sunday marked the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • United States Navy veteran Melvin Johnson, 73, sheds tears during the Patriot Day Service and 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Sunday marked the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa. Lexey Swall/Staff


Full gallery »9/11 Mass at St. John the Evangelist in Naples

  • John Wholihan, retired fireman for New York City Fire Department, wipes away tears as a bell is rung in memory of the people who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, during St. John the Evangelist's Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Michael Uzzi, retired battalion chief for New York City Fire Department,  wipes his eyes during St. John the Evangelist's Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Michael Uzzi, retired battalion chief for New York City Fire Department,  listens to the priest's sermon during St. John the Evangelist's Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Jerry Sanford, retired New York City firefighter and current public information officer for the North Naples Fire District, listens to the sermon during St. John the Evangelist's Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Cpl. Vincent Martino, retired detective with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and current Collier County Sheriff deputy, finishes the second reading during St. John the Evangelist's Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Scenes during St. John the Evangelist's Mass of Remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011. Greg Kahn/Staff


Full gallery »Iconic images of September 11

  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, United Airlines Flight 175 approaches the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York shortly before collision as smoke billows from the north tower. (AP Photo/Carmen Taylor)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, people covered in dust walk over debris near the World Trade Center in New York. (AP Photo/Gulnara Samoilova)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, the south tower of the World Trade Center begins to collapse after a terrorist attack on the New York landmark. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, Chief of Staff Andy Card whispers into the ear of President George W. Bush to give him word of the plane crashes into the World Trade Center, during a visit to the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, people in front of New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral react as they look down Fifth Avenue towards the World Trade Center after two airliners crashed into the twin 110-story buildings. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)


Full gallery »September 11, 2001, then and now in photos

  • Shown in this combo image are two documentations of the before and after of the September 11, 2001,  terrorist attack in New York City. (Top) The Brooklyn Bridge is seen spanning over New York's East River, with the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the background, June 12, 1990. (Below) Smoke rises behind the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River frames the skyline of Manhattan, minus the World Trade towers, as seen from Brooklyn early Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001, the day after hijacked airplanes crashed into both buildings causing their collapse on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler(Top), Kathy Willens(Bottom)) ITALY OUT
  • Shown in this combo image are two documentations of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York City and the current day location. (Top) Pedestrians flee the area of the World Trade Center as the center's south tower collapses following a terrorist attack on the New York landmark Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (Below) Activity on Park Row is shown in lower Manhattan, Aug. 4, 2011 in New York. (AP Photos/Mark Lennihan) ITALY OUT
  • Shown in this combo image are two documentations of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York City and the current day location. (Top) Pedestrians flee the area of the World Trade Center as the center's south tower collapses following a terrorist attack on the New York landmark Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (Below) The skyscraper known as 1 World Trade Center is under construction in lower Manhattan, Aug. 4, 2011 in New York. (AP Photos/ Mark Lennihan) ITALY OUT
  • Shown in this combo image are two documentations of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York City and the current day location. (Top) Firefighters work beneath the destroyed mullions, the vertical struts which once faced the soaring outer walls of the World Trade Center towers, after a terrorist attack on the twin towers of lower Manhattan Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (Below) The tower known as Four World Trade Center is under construction in lower Manhattan, Aug. 4, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/ Mark Lennihan) ITALY OUT
  • Shown in this combo image are two documentations of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York City and the current day location. (Top) A street near ground zero on the evening of September 11, 2001 after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. (Below) Pedestrians pass a McDonald's restaurant on Broadway in lower Manhattan, Aug. 4, 2011, in New York. (AP Photos/Mark Lennihan) ITALY OUT
  • Shown in this combo image are two documentations of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York City and the current day location. (Top) The World Trade Center destruction is shown in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York on Sept. 30, 2001. (Below) The tower known as Four World Trade Center is under construction in lower Manhattan, Aug. 9, 2011 in New York. (AP Photos/Mark Lennihan) ITALY OUT


Full gallery »September 11, the Tillman legacy

  • FILE - This June 2003 photo released by Photography Plus shows former Arizona Cardinal, Cpl. Pat Tillman. A standout safety with the Arizona Cardinals, Tillman became a national symbol when he left behind a huge contract and a newlywed bride to join the Army eight months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His death three years later in the mountains of Afghanistan hit the country like a sucker punch and it only got worse when it was revealed he had been killed by friendly fire. Later, a flurry of outrage followed when the Tillman family helped uncover misleading statements and actions by the U.S. government surrounding Tillman's death. (AP Photo/Photography Plus via Williamson Stealth Media Solutions)
  • ADVANCE FOR USE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, SEPT. 3-5, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Thursday, Aug 15, 2011 photo, Sheldon Davidson holds a photograph of his first Pat's Run marathon in 2009 at his home in Mesa, Ariz. The 60-year-old war veteran described his first attempt at Pat's Run after suffering a stroke is overcome with emotion as he recalls how the memory of Tillman pushed him to the finish line when his body was seemingly unable to go on his first attempt at Pat's Run. (AP Photo/Matt York)
  • ADVANCE FOR USE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, SEPT. 3-5, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Friday, Aug 9, 2011 photo shows Brian Webster in front of a painting he made of Pat Tillman in the Pickett Elementary School gymnasium in Queen Creek, Ariz. Enamored by Tillman and the decisions he made, Webster decided to join Pat's Run and hasn't missed one, doing all seven with his son. But Webster wanted to do more to keep Tillman's spirit alive, so when he had to come up with a state-required written lesson plan, the physical education teacher asked his students at Pickett Elementary School in Queen Creek to write an essay about Tillman. (AP Photo/Matt York)
  • ADVANCE FOR USE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, SEPT. 3-5, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Friday Aug 9, 2011 photo, former Arizona State golfer Pat Moore runs the bleachers at Arizona State University early in Tempe, Ariz. Moore is part of Team Tillman which started five years ago as a fundraiser for the Pat Tillman Foundation. The team has competed in the past four New York Marathons, along with the Marine Corps Marathon, and has since expanded to marathons in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Other athletes, like former baseball player Eric Byrnes, have competed for Team Tillman as individuals in triathlons and other events around the world. (AP Photo/Matt York)
  • ADVANCE FOR USE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, SEPT. 3-5, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 photo, former Arizona State University football player Samson Szakacsy stands on the beach in Oxnard, Calif. Szakacs walked away from football to pursue other interests, including a band he started. Szakacsy was a Tillman Scholar at Arizona State before graduating with a degree in religious studies in 2011. Upbeat, introspective, focused on life's big questions, he's more like a Pat Tillman kindred spirit than a Tillman scholar. An athlete, philosopher and musician, Szakacsy doesn't see life as something to wander through. It's more of a pursuit of greatness, which, to him, means getting joy by giving it to others. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


Full gallery »A new skyline emerges after September 11

  • The skyscraper known as One World Trade Center rises above the New York skyline, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  • A worker piles construction debris into a dumpster at the World Trade Center site, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 in New York.  The arrangement of nearly 3,000 names at the World Trade Center memorial is now available as a free iPhone app, memorial officials said Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  • A view of lower Manhattans shows One World Trade Center, right, rising above the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, left, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  • Four World Trade Center, right, rises abouve the north pool of the World Trade Center Memorial, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • The skyscraper called Four World Trade Center is seen above the September 11 Memorial and Museum, bottom center, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 in New York. Developer Larry Silverstein is constructing Four WTC and two additional towers at the site. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  • The Empire State Building, left, the Statue of Liberty, center, and One World Trade Center, right, frame the New York skyline, on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)


Full gallery »Post September 11, are we safer?

  • FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2011 file photo, airline passengers go through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. We are safer, but not safe enough. In the decade since the 9/11 attacks, the government has taken giant steps to protect the nation from terrorists, spending eye-popping sums to smarten up the federal bureaucracy, hunt down enemies, strengthen airline security, secure U.S. borders, reshape America's image and more. But the effort remains a work in progress, and in some cases a work stalled. The bipartisan 9/11 Commission in 2004 laid out a 585-page road map to create an America that is 'safer, stronger, wiser.' Many of the commission's recommendations are now reality. But in some cases, results haven't lived up to expectations. And other proposals still are just that, ideas awaiting action. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2006 file photo, former 9/11 Commission Co-Chairmen Lee Hamilton, right, and Thomas Kean, participate in a luncheon forum at the National Press Club in Washington. We are safer, but not safe enough. In the decade since the 9/11 attacks, the government has taken giant steps to protect the nation from terrorists, spending eye-popping sums to smarten up the federal bureaucracy, hunt down enemies, strengthen airline security, secure U.S. borders, reshape America's image and more. But the effort remains a work in progress, and in some cases a work stalled. The bipartisan 9/11 Commission in 2004 laid out a 585-page road map to create an America that is 'safer, stronger, wiser.' Many of the commission's recommendations are now reality. But in some cases, results haven't lived up to expectations. And other proposals still are just that, ideas awaiting action.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
  • FILE - In this June 11, 2002 file photo, the names of government agencies dealing with the fight on terrorism are displayed during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on federal reorganization to combat terrorism. We are safer, but not safe enough. In the decade since the 9/11 attacks, the government has taken giant steps to protect the nation from terrorists, spending eye-popping sums to smarten up the federal bureaucracy, hunt down enemies, strengthen airline security, secure U.S. borders, reshape America's image and more. But the effort remains a work in progress, and in some cases a work stalled. The bipartisan 9/11 Commission in 2004 laid out a 585-page road map to create an America that is 'safer, stronger, wiser.' Many of the commission's recommendations are now reality. But in some cases, results haven't lived up to expectations. And other proposals still are just that, ideas awaiting action.  (AP Photo/Kenneth Lambert, File)
  • FILE - In this May 25, 2010 file photo, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent walks down the aisle of charter jet for deportation in the air between Chicago and Harlingen, Texas. We are safer, but not safe enough. In the decade since the 9/11 attacks, the government has taken giant steps to protect the nation from terrorists, spending eye-popping sums to smarten up the federal bureaucracy, hunt down enemies, strengthen airline security, secure U.S. borders, reshape America's image and more. But the effort remains a work in progress, and in some cases a work stalled. The bipartisan 9/11 Commission in 2004 laid out a 585-page road map to create an America that is 'safer, stronger, wiser.' Many of the commission's recommendations are now reality. But in some cases, results haven't lived up to expectations. And other proposals still are just that, ideas awaiting action.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)


Full gallery »Brotherhood Ride 2011: Firefighters pedal from Naples to NYC for 9/11

  • Scott Brewer looks outs as the boat he and fellow Brotherhood Ride participants are on approaches Manhattan after leaving from the Staten Island borough of New York Saturday Sept. 10, 2011. Brewer is a firefighter with the Golden Gate Fire Department in Naples, Florida.  (Tina Fineberg for the Naples News)
  • Robert Salvaggio, right, waves goodbye to firefighters on the Staten Island of New York as he and fellow participants in the Brotherhood Ride leave the island on a boat enroute to Manhattan Saturday Sept. 10, 2011. Salvaggio is with the Naples Fire Code Officials Office in Florida. (Tina Fineberg for the Naples News)
  • David Borawski looks out at the Statue of Liberty as he travels with other   Brotherhood Ride participants from the Staten Island borough of New York to Manhattan Saturday Sept. 10, 2011.  Borawski is a firefighter with Florida's Haines City Fire Department. (Tina Fineberg for the Naples News)
  • The Manhattan skyline is seen in the distance as participants in the Brotherhood Ride take a boat from the Staten Island borough of New York to Manhattan Saturday Sept. 10, 2011.  (Tina Fineberg for the Naples News)
  • John Cole, of Charleston, South Carolina, right, and fellow participants in the Brotherhood Ride lower their heads during a prayer at the Elks Lodge in the Staten Island borough of New York, Saturday Sept. 10, 2011. Cole is with the City of Charleston fire department.  (Tina Fineberg for the Naples News)
  • Jesus Padilla Jr., 8, left, stands by as his father Jesus Padilla, center, and Jim Squittieri, foreground right, join hands as they and fellow participants in the Brotherhood Ride arrive at the Elks Lodge in the Staten Island borough of New York, Saturday Sept. 10, 2011.  (Tina Fineberg for the Naples News)

Firefighters and law enforcement officers from across the nation will pedal from Naples to New York City in honor of the 411 emergency service workers who died on 9/11 in the line of duty at the World Trade Center. The Brotherhood Ride, now in its fourth year, was founded by North Naples Firefighter Jeffrey Morse to honor firefighters and police officers who are killed in the line of duty.



Full gallery »Firefighters talk about 9/11 to North Naples Middle schoolers

  • Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, background, listens as Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, speaks to students from North Naples Middle School on Thursday. The two described their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Bill Whelan, left, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, in background, a former New York City firefighter and the spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, speak to students from North Naples Middle School on Thursday. The two described their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Michelle Blaisdell, 13, left, and other eighth graders at North Naples Middle School listen as Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the  spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, describe their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • McLean Harris, 13, and other eighth graders at North Naples Middle School listen as Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the  spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, describe their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Hannah Powell, 13, center, and other eighth graders at North Naples Middle School listen as Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the  spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, describe their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Eighth graders at North Naples Middle School listen as Bill Whelan, a retired New York City Firefighter the president of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters, and Jerry Sanford, a former New York City firefighter and the  spokesman for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District, describe their firsthand knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Lexey Swall/Staff


Full gallery »Shanksville, Pa., 9/11 Memorial

  • Former President Bill Clinton hugs former President George W. Bush after speaking during the dedication of phase 1 of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. Saturday Sept. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
  • Former President George W. Bush speaks during the dedication of phase 1 of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. Saturday Sept. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • Former President George W. Bush speaks to former President Bill Clinton as former first lady Laura Bush looks on after taking the stage at the dedication of phase 1 of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. Saturday Sept. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
  • Left to right, former President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush, former President Bill Clinton, Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Joe Biden review the Wall of Names during the dedication of Phase 1 of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. The Wall of Names features the names of those passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 who died when the plane crashed on 9/11. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • Ethel Stevanus of Wellersburg, Pa. sings along to a patriotic medley during the dedication of phase I of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. Saturday Sept. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
  • James Poe, second left, of New Kensington, Pa., and his mother Elaine Dills of Winston-Salem, NC listen to the dedication ceremony for phase I of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. Saturday Sept. 10, 2011. They have previously visited ground zero in New York City and wanted to visit Shanksville on this memorial occassion. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)


Full gallery »Sept. 11 more powerful than fiction

  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, people covered in dust walk over debris near the World Trade Center in New York. (AP Photo/Gulnara Samoilova)
  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001 file photo, a military helicopter ascends after dropping off personnel at the Pentagon a day after a hijacked airliner crashed into the Department of Defense building in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, United Airlines Flight 175 approaches the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York shortly before collision as smoke billows from the north tower. (AP Photo/Carmen Taylor)
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, emergency workers look at the crater created when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file picture, a person falls headfirst from the north tower of New York's World Trade Center. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


Full gallery »Air travel after September 11

  • Travelers file through Southwest Florida International Airport on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 in Fort Myers. David Albers/Staff
  • Transportation Security Administration employees assist travelers through the security process at Southwest Florida International Airport on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 in Fort Myers. The airport's security has yet to employ the use of full-body scanners but does perform a pat-down search on random passengers and passengers that set off the metal detector. David Albers/Staff
  • A Transportaion Security Administraion official screens a passenger passing through a security checkpoint on Concourse C at Southwest Florida International Airport at the new Midfield Terminal Friday. 250 TSA employees will help passengers funnel through 12 lanes of security instead of the eight at the old terminal promising faster access to the concourses.
Erik Kellar/Staff
  • In this Aug. 3, 2011 photo, airline passengers go through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in Atlanta. The TSA was created after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)
  • In this Aug. 3, 2011 photo, a Transportation Security Administration officer discovers unallowable liquids in a passenger's carry on luggage at the security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in Atlanta. The TSA was created after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)
  • In this Aug. 3, 2011 photo, airline passengers go through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in Atlanta. The TSA was created after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)



Features