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9/11 Anniversary: State Department urges vigilance

Key to my office at the World Trade Center
Key to my office at the World Trade Center
(Photo by Nance Carter)

The U.S. State Department has issued a warning to all citizens to remain vigilant during the days surrounding September 11. As we approach the 10th anniversary of this devastating chapter in our country's history, we are urged to remember that al-Qa'ida and other associated terrorist organizations have initiated attacks in other countries on special anniversary dates, and we should be aware of this fact.

The State Department alert reads:

"While we have not identified any specific threats from al-Qa’ida affiliates and allies to attack the United States or our interests on the 9/11 anniversary, U.S. citizens should be aware that al-Qa’ida affiliates and allies have demonstrated the intent and capability to carry out attacks against the United States and our interests around the world. In the past, terrorist organizations have on occasion planned their attacks to coincide with significant dates on the calendar."

As always, travelers should enroll in the STEP Program (Smart Travelers Enrollment Program) so that in case of emergency, the U.S. Embassy will have information and be able to contact enrollees while they are abroad.

Citizens should also remain alert at local 9/11 ceremonies - as well as at all times. All New Yorkers know the saying "If you see something, say something." If you see something suspicious, but feel that it's 'probably nothing,' report it to authorities anyway. You never know. It is our job as Americans to protect each other.

CLICK HERE for a listing of 9/11 ceremonies and events in Nassau County to mark the tenth year anniversary.

Nassau County lost many citizens in the attacks (and afterward from cancers and other diseases related to being at the site). There are many more of us who live in the county who were there that day (myself included) and still struggle with the aftermath, all these years later. I, for one, will not attend any of these events. I fully support all of the people affected by lost family and friends, but 10 years later, I still cannot deal with it. I will remember on my own.

FOR MORE INFO: Read the entire Department of State Travel Alert

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