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Remembering September 11Posted Saturday, September 11, 2010, at 2:51 PM
We all can't help but think today about where we were on this day in 2001 when we heard the news of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
I was in a newsroom. About a year out of Journalism School I was working in my first reporting job at The Washington Missourian newspaper in Washington, Mo.
One of our editors saw the story of the first plane crash come across our Associated Press news feed. We stared shocked at the photos that were coming in from the scene.
We were all confused about what was happening, all of us except the newspaper's publisher Bill Miller.
A veteran of both the newspaper business and the Korean war, I'll never forget his words as he stormed out of his office and into the newsroom.
"This is an act of war," he said.
He was right, nine years later, the United States is still at war as a result.
At that time I did a column called "On the Street" where I'd go out to interview random ordinary people at restaurants or shopping centers to get their opinions on the news of the day. This was before readers could post comments on website stories like they do today.
I also went to a blood drive that day....it was already scheduled...but took on a whole new purpose as the Red Cross urged people to donate blood as a way to help the victims.
It was a good time to be a reporter. I had a small part in telling the story of what my community was going through, just like so many other small towns all across the country.
It's been said many times that newspapers are the first rough draft of history. This couldn't have been truer on Sept. 11, 2001.
I saved my newspapers from that week. I think I'll pull them out, dust them off tonight. I want to re-read and remember.
I'd love to hear your memories from that day as well. Please post your Sept. 11 stories below.
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Melissa Miller is business editor at The Southeast Missourian. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and as the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations. After living in Michigan and then Indiana, she moved back to her hometown of Jackson, Mo. In addition to writing daily stories for The Southeast Missourian, Melissa coordinates editorial content each month for Business Today. Business Today is a monthly publication for southeast Missouri's business community. Monthly themes include health care, agriculture, women in business, technology and more. Business Today is direct mailed to business owner and managers throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Follow her updates on local business developments at www.twitter.com/semissourianbiz or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelissaMillerSoutheastMissourian