It started as a beautiful fall day in lower Manhattan. The crystal blue sky gave no hint of the horror that was about to be unleashed. Soon Islamic terrorists hijacked passenger jets and crashed them into the World Trade Center and then the Pentagon in Washington. In the skies over Pennsylvania, passengers fought back, forcing their plane to crash in a field, not some unknown target in Washington.
Ten years after that horrific day — Sept. 11, 2001 — the America that emerged from the smoke and rubble is in some ways a very different country.
To commemorate the worst attack on American soil, The Times and gainesvilletimes.com is exploring the impact of the attacks and their aftermath, asking the question, "Are we safer today?" A special package of stories will be published on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
As part of that coverage, we want to hear from our readers. Tell us in about 100 words how 9/11 has changed your life and whether you feel safer today? We'll publish some of the responses in our print edition and put others online. Please include your name and telephone number for verification purposes. Your number will not be published.
Please email your thoughts to us at email@example.com.