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EDITOR’S NOTE: Nearly 10 years ago, on a clear September morning, America was targeted by hatred aimed at the heart of our country. Terrorists – fanatical and deranged and willing to die – hijacked four commercial airlines intent on crashing into icons of democracy and capitalism. The World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon were targets. Passengers fought back on the fourth flight, which crashed near Shanksville, Pa. Office workers, police, firefighters, transit authority personnel, passengers and pedestrians: Nearly 3,000 died. But 10 years later, a country’s spirit remains.

Starting today and continuing through next Sunday, The Times Leader will bring you the stories of local people who were touched by the attacks and the following days of fear and recovery. Some witnessed the destruction, others quickly volunteered to help and still others felt the loss of a loved one. Sept. 11, 2001 carries a unique meaning for each of them, as it does for everyone who is old enough to remember the sight of our nation under attack.

Other stories this week will recount how the response to the attacks has changed local fire and police departments, air travel and even the population of the region.

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