Moving forward

Jeff Frey stands at the corner of Providence and Broadway on Wednesday afternoon, urging drivers to support an end to war in the Middle East. He and others can be found there most Wednesdays from 4:50 to 5:30 p.m.
How 9/11 affected patriotism
Incarnate Word Academy/St. Louis, Mo.

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks shocked the country into a war on terrorism, but almost 10 years later, many Americans are left wondering how much longer this war is going to last.After witnessing the demolition of the Twin Towers, emotions were running high and a violent response to the attackers was on many minds, including that of then-President George W. Bush, who initiated the global war on terrorism soon after. Some Columbia residents, however, said they think the country should never have gone to war.

Objectivity helped Columbia journalists remain unbiased post-9/11
Germantown High School/Memphis, Tenn.

The impact of Sept. 11, 2011, was significant not only among citizens but among journalists as well who had to push through their emotions, do their jobs and report the news.

Columbia artists find new direction after 9/11
Kirkwood High School/St. Louis, Mo.

In the months leading up to Sept. 11, 2001, Matthew Ballou struggled to find meaning in his art. An assistant professor of painting and drawing at MU, Ballou looks back on the terror attacks and the U.S military action that followed as a time of sadness and confusion in his life.

Faith offers solace to citizens a decade after attack
York Community High School/Elmhurst, Ill.

The confusing day began with a simple phone call. Fred Schmidt listened to his wife talk about what appeared to be an accident: A plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.

Osama Yanis’ first name nearly shattered his American dream
Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo.

After becoming a U.S. citizen nearly 20 years ago, Jordanian immigrant Osama Yanis never could have imagined a day where the “land of the free” wasn’t so free. As the devastation of Sept. 11 occurred, the Columbia business owner knew his life would change forever as the world broke out in fear. Ten years later, Yanis still feels the pain of betrayal from some people just because of his name: Osama.

Patriotism at a crossroads in years after 9/11
York Community High School/Elmhurst, Ill.

A blare of horns, a flurry of anti-war slogans and the roar of a busy intersection mark the weekly rush hour peace demonstration in Columbia. The scene at Broadway and Providence Road is representative of the effects of 9/11 on patriotism in the last decade.

Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan wars flood Truman Hospital
Riverdale Country School, New York City

Jamil Powell recalls looking into the faces of Afghan locals who did not want him in their village. The former Army medic treated civilians as well as soldiers during a year in the eastern tip of Afghanistan’s Kunar province. He knew how they felt.

After 9/11 attacks, Patriot Act put pressure on banks to fight terror
Trinity Christian Academy/Allen, Texas

Since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, banking practices have been revised to help prevent international money laundering, as well as to stop those who finance terrorism.

Mid-Missouri rescue worker deals with effects of ground zero experience
McCluer North High School/Florissant, Mo.

Ted Kettlewell is no hero. At least that’s what he believes. In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Kettlewell and other members of the Missouri Task Force 1 search and rescue team were deployed to ground zero in New York City.