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EDITOR'S NOTE: This "Dear Reader" appeared in
the print edition of A Day in September: In Their Own Voices,
which was published in the Sept. 8, 2002, editions of the Times
What you are holding in your hands is only half of the Times
Herald-Record’s commemoration of the first anniversary
of the terrorist attack on the United States.
The other half can be found online at www.adayinseptember.com.
Taken together, it is a first for the Record – a multimedia
presentation of stories about Sept. 11, 2001, as told by your
own neighbors, in their own voices.
We asked 22 Hudson Valley residents to allow us to record them
as they told of their connection to the events of that day.
Some were in the Twin Towers when the terrorists attacked; some
were home, fearful for the fate of loved ones; others tried
vainly to rescue survivors; still others buried their dead.
Their gripping tales can be heard and read on the A
Day In September Web site. Shorter,
edited versions of their stories are what you now hold in your
Taken together, A Day in September: In Their Own Voices is an
historical document, one that can be found nowhere else. The
story of Sept. 11, 2001, is a local story, and it is local residents
who can tell it best.
The 22 people who agreed to participate in this project had
vastly different experiences that day and in the weeks following
the attacks, yet they share much in common. All of them were
profoundly affected by the events of that day. All of them say
their lives have changed, in either large or small ways.
And all of them were reluctant to participate in this project.
Not because they didn’t believe in it, but because they
felt their own stories weren’t big enough or important
“Why me? I’m only a small part of this,” they
told us, over and over again. Why? Because without the small
stories, there is no larger tale.
We have spent months pulling together their stories for this
special section and for the Web presentation. It has been a
labor of both love and pain – for us and for our story
We are deeply grateful to the 22 people whose stories appear
on these pages for their willingness to re-live a time of profound
pain and fear; for their generosity in baring their souls in
a large, impersonal room in front of a tape recorder and a camera;
and for their inspiring stories of personal bravery and endurance.
We thank them all.
– David Feld, Beth Quinn, Bob Quinn, Lisa Ramirez
and Kristina Wells
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