The Tragic Impact And Devastating Legacy Of September 11
The U.S. is fast approaching the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, when a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks were responsible for the loss of 2,977 lives and more than 6,000 injuries at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and aboard the planes involved.
The events of that day caused immeasurable tragedy and sparked a military and national security response that led to devastating consequences spanning four presidencies, including the two-decades-long occupation of Afghanistan that recently ended in a complete withdrawal.
Has the nation changed for better of worse in the wake of 9/11? Is the country more prepared should an attack happen again on U.S. soil?
What is the legacy of 9/11 from service members’ perspectives? How has that day and its aftermath impacted U.S. active military and veterans?
- Michael Kirk, director, co-writer and co-producer of the FRONTLINE film "America After 9/11"
- Queta Rodriguez, retired U.S. Marine Corps Captain who served in Afghanistan, co-chair of the San Antonio Regional Community Veterans Engagement Board and regional director for national veteran career assistance nonprofit FourBlock
- Ben Miranda, retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, director of operational impact and outreach for San Antonio-based national service organization Endeavors, and member of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's Texas Military Preparedness
This program is in collaboration with the American Homefront Project, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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*This interview was recorded on Tuesday, September 7.