Every generation has touchstones in history, momentous events so big that you never forget where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news.
Pearl Harbor was that for the Greatest Generation.
The first such event for me was Nov. 22, 1963, the assassination of President Kennedy. I was in high school geometry class, the first class after lunch, when the principal announced the news over the school's loudspeaker system.
Unquestionably, the 9/11 terrorist attacks are one such event.
In talking about how the Standard-Examiner would recognize Sunday's 10th anniversary of the attacks, we knew for us the focus needed to remain local, in keeping with our overall news philosophy, while still acknowledging the broader magnitude of the attacks and the impact that still reverberates 10 years later.
I think we've done that. Here is a quick rundown on what we have planned this weekend:
- Reporter Charles Trentelman, in a story that appears today on Page 1A, explores various aspects of how life in the Top of Utah and elsewhere has changed since the attacks, ranging from crime-fighting blimps to volunteers at one local museum being required to undergo background checks.
- In a special section that appears Sunday, readers tell in their own words how the events of that day impacted them.
Features Editor Vanessa Zimmer oversaw the section.
"I was impressed with how the writers put their hearts into their letters -- one young woman who lost a brother in the war that followed, another woman who was in the Pentagon during the attacks and suffered severe panic attacks for years afterward. They felt strongly enough to share their feelings, which I think is a brave and admirable thing," Zimmer said.
"What struck me also was the diversity of the tenor of the letters, ranging from hopeful to sad to downright angry. They covered everything from a new appreciation of loved ones to a nagging distrust of our government."
We'll also have two stories in the news pages on Sunday:
- Reporter Loretta Park talks with relatives of three people with Top of Utah connections who died in the terror attacks. They talk about their changed lives, their hopes for the future and the continuing efforts to build a 9/11 memorial in Kaysville.
- Coverage of the unveiling at 3 p.m. today of a bronze statue in downtown Ogden that will be part of America's Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
- On our website, www.standard.net, is an AP video feed of the 9/11 anniversary observances in New York. Coverage on Sunday begins at 6:40 a.m. MST -- 8:40 a.m. in New York -- and runs until 1 p.m.
The video player is already operational and shows other 9/11-related video when there is no live coverage.
Dave Greiling is managing editor of the Standard-Examiner. He may be reached at 801-625-4224 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.