Posted by Diane Capuano
Ten years ago this month—on Sept. 11, 2001—our nation endured a terrible tragedy when terrorists hijacked four airplanes and crashed two of them into the World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon. The fourth was thwarted from reaching its intended target by the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks on that tragic day.
The ramifications from the attack continue into the present, with U.S. troops still fighting a war in Afghanistan and Americans having become used to heightened security at airports and other public facilities as a way of life.
New York City experienced the most direct impact from the tragic events of 9/11. The Twin Towers fell there. More than 2,500 of the victims died there. The New York firefighters and rescue workers who rushed into the World Trade Center came to symbolize the heroism of that day.
In the paint and decorating industry, the events of Sept. 11 remain forever etched in the memories of those who were in New York that day. In its November 2001 issue, Paint & Decorating Retailer magazine published a special report focusing on the impact that the events of that September morning had on retailers and suppliers of paint and decorating products. (more…)