Twenty years ago this Sept. 11, terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers and crew fought back. Burke County native Eric Cranford was killed when the plane struck the Pentagon.
The brazen, three-pronged assault left nearly 3,000 dead and the nation in turmoil.
On the 20th anniversary of the attacks, we're asking readers to share their thoughts. What do you remember from that time? What have we learned?
We'll publish comments online and some in print in our Sept. 10 edition. Please limit responses to no more than 250 words and submit them by Aug. 27. Please include your name and city or town of residence.
Send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org (include Sept. 11 in the subject line) or by mail to The News Herald, P.O. Box 280, Morganton, N.C., 28680.