Remembering Sept. 11

Next Sunday will mark 10 years since Sept. 11, 2001 — 10 years since the attacks in New York and at the Pentagon took the lives of 3,000 Americans and altered our culture, our policies and our perspectives.

The Daily Californian will be running special features in print and online, reflecting on the Sept. 11 attacks, and we are asking readers to submit their stories from the day to [email protected]

It is interesting how we remember significant events and how the names and dates we use to recall them start to develop meaning — when you say “September 11” or “July 4,” it evokes certain emotions and memories. Perhaps the reason we assign “September 11” as the title to those tragic events, rather than a name like “The Airplane Attacks,” is because that day remains so vivid and so ingrained in our minds. Most people can answer in great detail the question of “Where were you on Sept. 11?” — from where they were and what they were doing to what they were wearing.

Where were you that day? What does the day mean to you?

Share your stories with us. Email [email protected], and look for our special Sept. 11 features, beginning Sept. 8.