Sherri Rundell-Bass waves an American flag from a crosswalk above Highway 54 during rush hour near downtown Wichita. Rundell-Bass said she saw a man doing the same thing on the I-5 freeway in Los Angeles on television and knew she had to do it also. (September 11, 2001)
Derl Stafford, home delivery manager at the Wichita Eagle, sells a street edition of the newspaper in front of the Wichita Eagle on September 11, 2001. The newspaper put out an extra edition filled with stories about the terrorist attacks on Washington D.C. and the World Trade Center in New York.
Kansas Governor Bill Graves talks with reporters after reading a statement in front of the Hyatt Hotel in Wichita, Kansas, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. He was in the city for a conference with Japanese business and government officials discussing trade issues.
Sebastian Guthery watches the World Trade Center video on televisions at Best Buy on North Rock Road on September 11, 2001. Guthery went to the store to watch the coverage as he was in the process of moving and his televisions were not unpacked.
Senior Airman Micah Seyler and Rex, a bomb sniffing dog, wait to check the next vehicle in line at McConnell on September 11, 2001. All vehicles entering the installation were opened up and searched after the base went to Threatcon Level Delta. (September 11, 2001)
Senior Airman Micah Seyler and Rex, a bomb sniffing dog, check a truck entering McConnell Air Force Base on September 11, 2001. All vehicles entering the installation were opened up and searched after the base went to Threatcon Level Delta.
Jacob Siles, of Israel, (right) questions American Airlines flight attendant Refael Franco on September 11, 2001 at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita. Siles' flight was the last one diverted into Wichita, and the passengers were having trouble understanding about their accomodations for the evening.
Jennifer Austin relaxes after donating blood at the American Red Cross. on September 11, 2001 Like many Wichitans, the 21-year-old dancer wanted to donate blood to help the survivors of the World Trade Center bombing.
Mid Continent Airport passenger Guillermo Mateo, Wichita, uses his cell phone to contact family after learning about terrorist attacks at the New York World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. "We were right here on the runway," Mateo said, "and we turned around and came right back." He and his wife, Grace, were traveling to North Carolina.
Melissa Smith, from south New Jersey, reacts when learning about terrorist attacks at the New York World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Smith said her husband worked at the Trade Center two weeks ago, before taking a job elsewhere. "All our friends are in the Trade Center," she said.
Avis employee Mary Dickens, left, comforts Melissa Smith from south New Jersey in a snack bar at Mid Continent Airport on September 11, 2001. Smith said her husband worked at the Trade Center two weeks ago, before taking a job elsewhere. "All our friends are in the Trade Center," she said.
Veterans, left to right, Cooley Edison, U.S. Army in WW II, and Walter Landwehr, U. S. Army Korean War, wave their flags at the East Kellogg traffic on September 14, 2001 with other VA employees at the VA hospital.
Nabil Seyam, of the Islamic Society of Wichita, left, accepts a vase of sunflowers from Woody Thompson, who stopped by before a special service at the Muslim Community Center in north Wichita. "These are Kansas sunflowers from my yard, Thompson said, "and we just want to let you know we stand for religious freedom in this country." (September 14, 2001)
Jihad Muqtasid, center, prays with other members of the Islamic Society of Wichita during a special service at the Muslim Community Center in north Wichita on September 14, 2001. Wichita Muslims were urged to reach out to the community and comfort their fellow Wichitans and to pray for peace.
Over 100 people walk down the river near the war memorials on September 14, 2001 to show their unity amid the sorrow for the victims of the terrorist attack of Sept. 11th. "The kids kept asking what they could do since they're too young to give blood or money," said Ron Kane, Scout Master of Troop 394, "This is concerted effort of many phone calls made last night."
Parents and teachers send off busloads of students from Vermillion and Maize Elementary Schools on September 14, 2001 by waving American flags. Over 1000 students, kindergarten through fifth grade, participated in the event.
Kapaun players Richie Rhea (2) left, Adam Burrus (12), center, and Patrick Cleary (12), along with an official, bow their heads in a moment of silence before kicking off against East on September 14, 2001. The players attempted to light candles in remembrance of the attack victims, but wind kept the flames from burning.
Bradley George, a Rose Hill High School senior, right, and Richie Svetecz, second from right, holds their hands over their hearts during the national anthem before the Rockets' game against Circle High School at Rose Hill on September 14, 2001. The school also had a moment of silence before the game.
Rabbi Leon Eliouh and Ester Friedman of Israel were happy to receive free T-shirts while they were staying at Camp Hiawatha in north Wichita. They were among other Israelis that were stranded in Wichita after their El Al flight to Los Angeles was forced to land at Mid Continent due to the shutdown of flights in the U.S. related to the attack on New York and Washington D.C. The group was given t-shirts, ball caps, yo-yos, and other souvenirs donated by the city, the Convention and Visitors bureau, and Festivals Inc. (September 12, 2001)
With packed luggage nearby, Ilana Rosensthein of Tel Aviv rests on a couch at Camp Hiwawatha after visting Cowtown on September 12, 2001. She was among other Israelis that were stranded in Wichita after their El Al flight to Los Angeles was forced to land at Mid Continent due to the shutdown of flights in the U.S. related to the attack on New York and Washington D.C. The county offered the group a free tour of Cowtown during their stay.
Rob Winslow, pastor of Christ Community Church at 2130 S. Webb in east Wichita, sets letters on a sign on September 12, 2001. announcing nightly prayer services at the church. About 15 members of his congregation are McConnell or retired military families. . "We have pilots and reserve members who are directly affected," he said, "and we know there is a lot of fear and worry for their families as to what happens next." It is the closest church to McConnell AFB.
Jeff Knipp (left), of Knipp Corporation, helps Mike Crawford of Wichita, (right) put an American flag on his vehicle on September 12, 2001. Crawford has a cousin who worked in the World Trade Center who was at work on Tuesday and has not been heard from yet.
On Sept. 11, 2001, David Lamp, then-principal at Mueller Elementary School in Wichita, talks to a fourth-grade math class about the attacks in N.Y. and Washington, D.C. Lamp visited every class to calm the students and assure them that they are safe.
Ben Bowman, a fourth-grader at Mueller Elementary, listens as principal David Lamp talks to his math class about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Lamp visited every class to calm the students. (Sept. 11, 2001)
Yaffa Moorvitch rest her head on her husband Josh's shoulder on September 13, 2001 at Mid-Continent Airport. A few flights made it out of the airport after a ban on commercial air traffic was lifted. (September 13, 2001)
Kim Wilson of Winfield gives her husband Jason one last hug before she and other Red Cross volunteers board an airplane at Raytheon bound for New York to help in relief efforts after the terrorist attack. (September 13, 2001)
Steven Difede of New York City has his rental car searched by Mid-Continent safety officer Mike Johnson as he returned it to the airport on September 12, 2001. Cars using the short-term parking had their cars searched.
Veterans, right to left, Cooley Edison, U.S. Army in WW II, and Walter Landwehr, U. S. Army Korean War, wave their flags at the East Kellogg traffic on September 14, 2001 with other VA employees at the VA hospital.
An unidentified traveler sleeps on the floor of Mid-Continent airport on September 12, 2001. Travelers who showed up at the airport hoping to reach their destinations soon realized it would be awhile before they would be able to leave.
Molly Gabrielson, 7, a student at Pray-Woodman Elementary School in Maize, watches as students board school buses on September 14, 2001 at Vermillion Primary School. Students were sent off for the weekend with a mass waving of the American Flag.
Ret. SFC Patrick Yagla and Cindy Bourgeois, wife of Air Force Reserve First Sgt. Gregory Bourgeois, show their support for troops while parked on Rock Road near the entrance to McConnell Air Force Base on September 14, 2001. Yagla is a Vietnam veteran, and Bourgeois's husband is in on duty in France right now.
Seventh-grader Brittany James wrote a letter asking for teddy bears or stuffed animals remembering how it helped her when she lost her little brother. Helping her is Andale 6th grade teacher Corey Cress said he would drive the donated stuffed animals to New York. (September 15, 2001)
KU's Memoral Stadium sits empty at 11:30 am on September 15, 2001. This was the time the game against Wyoming would have been kicking off. Collegiate games were postponed due to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
L-R, Traci Teachout, Cinthya Bowmaker, and Paige Manning hug each other while praying during a church service that was led by the Wichita Church of Christ and held at Central Riverside Park. on September 16, 2001. About 200 people attended the service and had a picnic lunch together afterwards. The service in the park is something the church does several times a year to encourage members to invite their neighbors. The church's pastor, Tim Bernitt, spoke about Satan being behind the recent terrorist attacks.
Koch Facilities Management employees hang on tight to a 33'x55' American flag that they were attaching to the south side of the Koch Industries building on 37th N. Koch officials searched nationwide for a flag large enough to display on their building and finally found one in Mississippi. (September 18, 2001)
Christopher Coulson waves his tiny flag near the west gate of McConnell AFB to show his support for the Air Force and to the other military personal passing by. "I wanted to do something to show my support," Coulson said. Confined to a wheelchair since 1978 due to muscular dystrophy, Coulson decided to do what he could and that was to wave the flag. (September 18, 2001)
Dave Blow flies his colors behind his motorcycle along west Douglas. Blow served two tours in Vietnam in the Army Rangers and Special Forces, and was first seargent in the Balkin Islands in the anti-terrorism force protection unit. Still in the Army reserves, he expects to be returning to active duty in the anti-terrorism force. (September 18, 2001)
Terry Wolfsbauer of Park City finishes painting an American flag on the garage door of his Park City house Thursday evening. Wolfsbauer and about eight other homeowners in a northern Park City neighborhood started painting their garage doors last week to show their patriotism after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11. The trend started when one of the neighbors, Sheryl Karleskint, was unable to find a flag to buy. Her daughter Kari, age 8, suggested they paint one on their garage door and after a family discussion where the parents had their doubts about the idea, Karleskint relented and designed and painted the flag on their garage door. Slowly but surely, many of her neighbors were coming to her to help them with their doors. (September 20, 2001)
With the nuclear containment tower in the background, a Wolf Creek Nuclear Security officer guards the entrance to the facility. Security has been increased with more manpower and more firearms due to the Sept.11 terrorist attacks on the east coast.(September 20, 2001)
Tammy Holt places styrofoam cups spelling "God Bless the U.S.A." on the walkover just south of Pawnee on I-135. She placed two sets of the words, one facing north and one facing south. (September 19, 2001)
Brittany Vines, 8, holds one of the American flag crosses made from Popsicle sticks that she passed out with a group of friends to residents at Terrace Gardens assisted living center on September 19, 2001.
Tracy Way holds her daughter Alexis, 2, as she joins her mother Linn Bertog, left, and others from the Woodland Lakes Community Church atop on overpass over Kellogg near Washington on September 19, 2001.