America took a blow September 11, 2001. Many recall the horror of two jets filled with passengers flying straight into the World Trade Center, the word of another plane hitting the Pentagon and horror escalating with reports United Airlines flight 93 was brought down in a Pennsylvania field.
America was under attack by terrorist. Symbols of a power nation gone or damaged.
At least four victims with close ties to Mississippi died in those attacks from Lt. Colonel Jerry Don Dickerson, Jr. of Durant who was killed at the Pentagon and his lifetime friend National Geographic photographer, Joe Ferguson who was on board American Airlines flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon. On the 9th anniversary of the attack, Retired Pastor Ed McDaniel lamented their loss .
"It's just so tragic and so senseless. And I think the biggest thing is trying to put your arms around why, and then you know it's just bad people doing bad things," said Pastor McDaniel.
Today there are monuments, museums memorials even proposed congressional medals for those who perished.
Ten years later Americans are adapting to fears after having to reevaluate their views on the nations security.
TSA police swarm public airports, metal detectors, luggage checks and shoe checks have become a way of life.
Another change billions spent for governmental security upgrades.
Before 9/11 there was no Mississippi Homeland Security Agency.
Many wonder still can we prevent or are we prepared for another crisis of that nature?
"The truth is I don't think we can prevent everything," said Director of MS Office of Homeland Security, Director J.W. Ledbetter.
Friday, August 29 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:08:03 GMT
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Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
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Friday, August 29 2014 12:15 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:15:03 GMT
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Friday, August 29 2014 2:48 AM EDT2014-08-29 06:48:23 GMT
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Friday, August 29 2014 6:43 AM EDT2014-08-29 10:43:37 GMT
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Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
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