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Editor's note: 20 years later, what does 9/11 mean to us?
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Editor's note: 20 years later, what does 9/11 mean to us?

Sept 11 Attacks Secret Files

In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn in New York after terrorists crashed two planes into the towers. 

Editor's note: It’s been 20 years since 9/11 and memories of those terrorist attacks are starting to fade a little. Nearly a quarter of Montanans weren’t even born by then.

But we all still live with the fallout, and reminders are everywhere.

Nearly everyone has a relative, or at least knows someone, who fought in the wars prompted by 9/11. More than 7,000 of those service members were killed, and many veterans returned home with injuries they still bear. Buildings we once walked freely into now have metal detectors and guards, it’s easier for the government to eavesdrop on us, and we still have to take our shoes off at the airport.

We want to hear your memories of that day, and your thoughts on how it changed us. Send your responses of up to 250 words to Gazette Managing Editor Chris Jorgensen at citynews@billingsgazette.com, or 401 N. Broadway, Billings, Montana, 59101.

We’ll publish those in The Gazette on Sept. 11. The best of the submissions will be included in a special edition that will be circulated in at least 78 newspapers nationwide.

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