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10 Years Later

Tweets and FB posts abound today, and people are looking at the anniversary of 9/11 through a variety of lenses.

Alibi writers answered the call to add their perspective. Memorializing an event is about cementing collective memory, hardening the story. Sometimes, in the process, certain facts are left out and narratives discarded for simplicity's sake.

So on this day, let's keep the conversation flowing.

In this week's news section, I write that 9/11 brought news media—and the wide world—into my line of sight.

Elizabeth Hughes, our travel writer, was living in Manhattan when the planes struck the towers. She recalls details from that day.

Advice columnist Kat Cox was just a few miles from the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. She remembers the communication blackout and how social media changed how we deal with emergencies.

Sports writer Toby Smith was in South Korea when Geraldo Rivera broke the news to him via TV.

Iraq War veteran Alex Limkin pens a singeing indictment of our motives for war.

Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino talks about our national learning disability when it comes to gleaning lessons from tragedy.

And, finally, former Editor in Chief Christie Chisholm reflects on the loss of invincibility—and what the United States gained instead.