Millions of people across the country were affected by the 9/11 attacks. Some experienced the tragic loss of a loved one, some found an inspiring way to help those who were grieving and others experienced a political awakening.
To help reflect the endless diversity of their experiences, Patch looked out across our sites to pull together 911 snapshots of everyday Americans whose lives were changed by the events of that day.
From across the country, Sammamish Patch and hundreds of others captured the faces, keepsakes, memorials, ceremonies, flags, fund-raisers, deployments and the still-raw emotions that followed the attacks.
Taken together they create a powerful mosaic that is large in scope but often deeply personal. Click through to see how your neighbors near and far marked the day and a changed country.
In Sammamish, King County Sheriff's deputies assigned to the city's police force are — in part because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and armed people opening fire at schools in the United States.
On Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2011, deputies from the Sammamish police force trained at a high school in Burien with a program run by Active Shooter Training. The deputies responded to scenarios in which a gunman held students in a classroom, people fled the building and an injured person needed medical help. The simulation used the firing of small paint projectiles.
Editor's note: Patch is a unit of AOL, which also owns The Huffington Post. On Thursday, Sammamish Patch asked community members where they were when the 9/11 strikes happened and what they remember about them. Also, there are two 9/11 memorial events in the area that have ties to Sammamish.