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Six Words for Sept. 11 on PBS’ “Need to Know” on Sept. 9

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

By Larry Smith

A few weeks ago, SMITH and PBS’s weekly newsmagazine program, Need To Know, asked you to share your Six-Word Memoirs about 9/11—what you remember from that day, its impact, or anything you would like to express, in six concise words, as the tenth anniversary approaches.

Here are a few of the Six-Word Memoirs on September 11 that the SMITH community shared (see the full list on the original post), as well as a preview of the stories featured on the show.

“Kept students calm, I cried inside.” —Lisa Bottone
“Knew war would beckon sons.” —Mary Jane
“My birthday now day of infamy.” —Craig
“Stranger saved my life. Twice. Thanks.” —Annulla
“Ten years old. Cried for terrorists.” —Kalli
“Overwhelming patriotism until Big Brother arrives.” —Johanna Swift
“Dad rests in Arlington’s hallowed grounds.” —JustPaul

The September 9 Need To Know will include a segment that tells the longer stories behind these Six-Word Memoirs.

• “Keep going, I’m right behind you,” by Michael Burke honors Burke’s brother, Capitan William Burke of Engine Co. 21, who died in the north tower while rescuing civilians.

• “Grief opened the gates of compassion,” by Susan Retik, is about her life after her husband David was flying from Boston to LA when his plane was hijacked and flown into the North Tower.

• “Our loved ones are finally home,” by Monica Iken, who lost her husband Michael on September 11, is about her campaign to preserve part of Ground Zero as a memorial, one which will now open to the public this weekend.

You can view the schedule to find out what time Need To Know is airing in your area; we’ll post a video of the segment, as well as a link to an online-only slideshow of more Six-Word Memoirs for September 11, as soon as they become available.

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4 responses

  1. bevvie says:

    I have tears in my eyes!

  2. zues rox says:

    september is a tradgady dont ya all think. im doing a project on it so sad…..

  3. sexy101 says:

    hey all who thinks september 11 was a tradgady? i do it was so sad i cried. anyone with me

  4. sexy101 says:

    hey guys do u think im a sexy mama im really sexual anyone up for sex……

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