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Wednesday, September 1
Starts at 2:00 PM
September 11, 2021 marks 20 years since one of the most salient moments of the 21st century: 9/11. History was made on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, when four U.S. commercial airliners were hijacked by members of al-Qaeda in a coordinated attack that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and damaged the Pentagon. In total, 9/11 was the single largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on U.S. soil and the greatest loss of emergency responders on a single day in U.S. history. The United States formally responded to the 9/11 attacks by launching the “War on Terror” and invading Afghanistan, and countries around the world strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded the powers of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to prevent future terrorist attacks.
To commemorate this momentous date, the McLean County Museum of History (MCMH), in partnership with Normal Public Library (NPL), hopes to document how this national tragedy affected the people of McLean County, including where you were and how you felt after learning about the attacks. Please share your experiences and memories of 9/11/01 by answering questions in the google form by clicking here.
Additionally, the Museum will be displaying artifacts from our collection related to our community’s response to 9/11. The display cases are located outside the second floor Library and Archives, and will be up through the end of September.