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5 Fun Facts About September 11 In Iowa History

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1. Iowa was one of the first states to respond to the 9/11 attacks. Within hours of the terrorist attacks, the Iowa National Guard was placed on high alert and began preparing for deployment.

2. The Iowa Task Force 1, a disaster response team composed of firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical personnel, was also deployed to Ground Zero to assist with search and rescue efforts.

3. The University of Iowa played a significant role in the aftermath of 9/11. The university's hospitals treated several injured victims from the attacks, while the Iowa Memorial Union served as a gathering place for students, faculty, and staff to mourn and support each other.

4. In the weeks following 9/11, Iowa experienced a surge in patriotism and support for the military. This led to an increase in recruitment for the armed forces, as well as a rise in public support for military action in Afghanistan.

5. The impact of 9/11 on Iowa's Muslim community was significant. According to a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, following the attacks, Iowa saw a sharp increase in hate crimes against Muslims and people mistaken for Muslims. Many Muslim students and residents faced discrimination and harassment in their daily lives.
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