by Pam Zubeck
Fort Carson, NORAD, Northern Command and other locally based installations played key roles in the U.S. response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
So local officials are planning a community-wide commemoration at America the Beautiful Park to mark the day's 10th anniversary. A news conference to explain the details will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the El Paso County Administration Building, 27 E. Vermijo Ave.
On hand will be Lt. Gen. Ed Anderson (Army, retired); Don Addy, president, National Homeland Defense Foundation; El Paso County Commissioners Amy Lathen and Dennis Hisey; Matt Grage, president/COO at Colomex Inc.; Police Chief Richard Myers; Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Bill Hodgkins; and former Experience Colorado Springs CEO Terry Sullivan.
When the airliners flew into the World Trade Center in New York, NORAD was caught with its pants down, because its mission was to guard against incoming threats, not threats from within. Hence, fighter jets couldn't be scrambled in time to try to shoot down the terrorist-controlled planes. Things have changed since then, as explained by the Denver Post.
If you want to read about what others remember, or post your own story, go here.
If you want to read about some of the more disturbing results of our government's response to 9/11, check out this Mother Jones report.