5-3-11: Marylanders React to Bin Laden’s Death
On September 11, 2001, 3,000 people died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania. At least 45 of those who were killed had Maryland ties.
We spoke with the relatives of some of the people who died, and from those who have relatives who died in the war on terror. Samantha Lightbourn, a budget analyst, was working at the Pentagon during the attack. We talk with her mother, Rebecca Lightborn, who lives in Capitol Heights, Maryland, who says this makes her feel more secure.
“It was a relief,” said Rebecca. I think it was a relief for everyone. It makes me more confident in the government.”
We also hear from Tracy Miller, who’s a resident of Towson. Her son, Nick Ziolkowski, served as a Marine, and was killed in Fallujah in 2004. She thinks if bin Laden had been captured earlier, it’s possible his death might have been avoided.
And Sarah Wainio lives in Catonsville. Her sister, Honor Elizabeth, was on United Flight 93, which crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001. “I think I was surprised at how not comforting the news was for me,” she told us.
Sarah is a member of the board of the non-profit group Families of Flight 93, which is raising money for a memorial for the people on board that flight. You can learn more at their website, www.honorflight93.org.
We also hear from Michael Greenberger, Professor at the University of Maryland’s Law School and Director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security there, about the security implications of bin Laden’s death.