Monday Madeleines – The 9/11 Remembrance Edition, 9/12/2011

by Mistina Picciano on September 12, 2011

This past Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This special edition of Monday Madeleines takes a look at some aspects of that fateful day in remembrance. Look back – and ahead – with us as we remember the events of 9/11/2001.

Lending a Helping Paw on the 10-Year Anniversary of 9/11
While we’ll always remember the heroes of 9/11, we mustn’t forget the efforts of the more than 300 dogs of all breeds that arrived from all over the country to help their human friends. These search and rescue (SAR) dogs are the topic of this piece, along with the pairing of therapy dogs with victims of disasters, including the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to @wendydiamond for reminding us.

An illuminated view of the National 9/11 Memorial [PICS]
Here’s an interesting collection of photographs of the memorial site at Ground Zero illuminated by the rising towers, featured on MSNBC’s PhotoBlog. Included are a panorama of 35 photos spliced together to provide a 180-degree view, as well as a 24-hour time-lapse of the construction at the World Trade Center site in September 2010 from their archives. Thanks to @JSHAPR (JSH&A PR agency from Chicago) for sharing this.

How the Brain Remembers 9/11
This is a great, informative blog post by Greg Boustead, editorial producer for the World Science Festival featured on Scientific American. Boustead first recounts his memories of 9/11, when he was living in a tenement-style apartment on the Lower East Side, about a mile from Ground Zero. At first, he confidently recounts his memories of that day, as many of us probably recall exactly what we were doing – especially those who were close to where disaster took place. But, he later learns, through contacts with his then roommate, what he thought he remembered as vivid detail wasn’t so accurate. In between, a discussion of the science of what’s referred to as “flashbulb memory” and how researchers at Duke University found “that the memories of the individuals’ goings-on during the events of September 11 – the vivid and picture-like ones – were in fact no better than their recall of, say, lunch the day before.” Via @OliverBurkeman (writer Oliver Burkeman of Brooklyn).

Video of the Week

Late Show With David Letterman – 17-09-2001 – Part 1 of 3
David Letterman returns to the Late Show (at the urging of Mayor Giuliani) 6 nights after the attacks. This video, part 1 of 3, is the opening of the show with Letterman’s monologue and first guest Dan Rather. As Brad Hill writes in his review of the show on the Huffington Post (he was in the theater when the show aired live), this “was probably the most unabashedly wounded and emotionally true seven minutes in the history of variety television.” Thanks to @bryanhouston (Bryan Houston, morning and 5pm news anchor at CBS19 in Tyler, TX) for bringing this to our attention.

What do you remember about 9/11/2001? Have the events of that day changed your life? If so, how? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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