Lingering Memories of 9/11

In big cities and small towns across the nation church bells tolled at 8:46 to mark the time the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York.

In Tallahassee, outside the state capitol and other government buildings flags were lowered to half-staff to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks two years ago. Experts say terrorist threats have always been around, but our keenness and understanding of them changed with the highjacking of those four commercial airlines.

The plaintive melody of amazing grace fills the September air, symbolic sounds to the feelings firefighter Joe Ashcraft carries inside. The day terrorist highjackers slammed four planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, killing thousands and giving life to the words terrorist threat.

FSU professor Will Moore says threats have been around since the turn of the 20th century, but on September 11th our perceptions changed. Since that terror-filled Tuesday in 2001, security has been tightened at airports and government buildings around the country. Professor Moore says a terrorist wants to be successful, so they look for soft targets.

On September 11th, 1901, President McKinley was assassinated as part of a terrorist plan. President Roosevelt took office and led a campaign against terror 100 years ago.