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Tell us how you will mark 9/11 anniversary

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Many Bulletin readers have stories to share about where you were when the terrorist attacks occurred Sept. 11, 2001, or how you learned of the tragedy. For some, including those who lost loved ones in the attacks or played a role in the emergency response, the memories are painfully clear. For others, details of that day may have faded, but the tragedy has shaped your views a decade later.

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Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the attacks next month, we would like to hear from you. We are asking readers to share their memories of Sept. 11, but also to explore how that event changed you. Were you there when it happened? How have you grieved for friends, loved ones or strangers lost in the attacks?

We also wonder how you will mark the anniversary, two weeks from Sunday. Do you plan to attend a public memorial? What do you think is the proper way to observe the anniversary? Should it be observed at all?

Additionally, how has the country - and even the south Washington County community - changed in the years since? Do you believe we are safer as a society now than we were 10 years ago or, despite government changes and security enhancements, are we just as vulnerable to terrorism?

This being perhaps the defining event for a generation of Americans, there are countless angles to explore and we hope you will share your views with fellow south Washington County residents.

For those of you interested in sharing, there are a few ways to do so. You can write a letter to the editor and email it to: editor@swcbulletin.com. Be sure to include your name and contact information.

You can also find this viewpoint on the Bulletin website and submit your thoughts as comments; our website is www.swcbulletin.com. Lastly, you can go to the Bulletin's Facebook page and add comments there. We will publish comments in the paper and may want to contact some writers to further enhance our coverage of the anniversary.

If you have questions, you can reach editor Scott Wente at swente@swcbulletin.com or at (651) 459-7600.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
(651) 459-7600
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