Remembering Sept. 11 ... online
This weekend marked the third anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York City; the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.; and United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania.
In the time since those attacks, many government organizations have established memorial Web sites in remembrance of the attacks and those who died. Find the links to the following sites and others on FCW.com Download's Data Call at www.fcw.com/download.
Some of the sites and what they offer:
The Pentagon's memorial
The Web site previews the future memorial that will be located near the area where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into a side of the Pentagon building killing 184 people. Users can make donations to the project and get updates on the progress.
New York's firefighter memorial
This Web site lists the names of firefighters killed Sept. 11 and includes photos of rescue efforts.
The State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affair's online exhibit: "After September 11: Images from Ground Zero"
Bureau officials asked the Museum of the City of New York "to create a special exhibition of images from the developing archive that would be sent to major world cities," according to information on the site. "The purpose of the exhibition is to visually relate the catastrophic destruction of the [Sept. 11] attacks and the physical and human dimensions of the recovery effort. The aim is to provide overseas U.S. diplomatic missions with a dramatic exhibit that reminds foreign audiences of the extraordinary extent of the World Trade Center attacks, documents the recovery efforts and portrays the threat terrorism poses to any metropolitan area, a threat that must be combated at all costs."
Library of Congress' memorial
"Over the past year and in almost every section of the Library of Congress, staff have sought and received an abundance of original material including prints, photographs, drawings, poems, eye-witness accounts and personal reactions, headlines, books, magazines, songs, maps, videotapes and films," according to information posted on the site.
The site classifies materials into different subject areas, including geography and maps; prints and photographs; rare books and special collections; and serial and government publications. The site also lets users make their own contributions.
The Library of Congress is also helping with the Sept. 11 digital archive, www.911digitalarchive.org.
Smithsonian Institution American History Museum's Sept. 11 exhibit
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA has archived various satellite images taken of New York and the northeast coast Sept. 11 and 12, 2001.
The Federal Aviation Administration's Sept. 11 portraits
"Following the terrorist attacks, FAA controllers quickly grounded all commercial airliners," according to the site. "They immediately began restoring aviation at unprecedented levels of security."
The federal government's Web portal pulls together resources and information on the events of Sept. 11.
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
The 9-11 Commission's Web site includes commissioners' final report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Library of Congress's Thomas
This site provides links to legislation related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
National Park Service memorial
"National Parks have taken on enhanced meaning to many Americans since Sept. 11, 2001," the Web site's home page states. "Some come seeking solace and refuge, while others come seeking a deeper connection with their national heritage. Now, perhaps more than ever, our national parks are a source of strength and a symbol of the American spirit.
"National Park Service employees experienced the tragic events of Sept. 11 from a unique vantage point. Their firsthand accounts are documented here as a testament to those events. This online exhibit records not only the strategic response of the National Park Service to this crisis, but the deeper impact on the people involved."