The September 11th attacks left many people devastated with the loss of family and friends, taking almost 3,000 lives. A total of four planes were hijacked that day, two of which were flown straight into the Twin Towers, one hitting the Pentagon just right outside of Washington D.C., and the final one crashing into a field in Pennsylvania.
Many students weren’t born or old enough to remember this tragic event, but in asking the question, “how do you think you would react if you were old enough to remember this day?”, this is what the students had to say.
Lauren Gerlemann, senior, stated, “I think I would have more feelings for these people. I feel for them now, but I would feel more if I could recall the events of that day.”
Julia McIntyre, junior, said, “I would probably fear future terrorist attacks. I would have been extremely devastated and sad the day the event occurred. I would have been worried about our country.”
Kallie Stubblefield, senior, said, “I think I would have felt more somber on 9/11 of this year if I was old enough to remember the day.”
However, when the question was asked, “did this impact your life in any way?”, two students had something to say.
Elizabeth Hughes, senior, stated, “Yes, my aunt was in the Air Force at the time and was on standby to go up to New York.”
Olivia Williams, junior, said, “9/11 was a scary event for my family. My grandpa was traveling for a business trip. When the attacks happened, everything was so chaotic and confusing. No one knew if my grandpa was flying or anything. Since cell phones weren’t as popular as they are now, we couldn’t get a hold of him. We later found out that he hadn’t been flying and he was in Ohio until he could get home.”
All teachers could remember this day, most being in elementary or middle school. They were at school or working when this event occurred, and some reflected below about what had happened.
Ms. McCroskey mentioned, “On September 11th that year, I was in elementary school, quite oblivious to what was happening around me. But I noticed things were strange-- the teachers were acting oddly, the school was quiet. And I remember my friend, Heather, explaining what had happened in the cubby room the next day-- explaining things very simply but enthusiastically in her 9-year-old way. I was very young, so I didn't understand. But in years since, the footage obviously rocks me to my core.”
Aaron Peirick said, “I was attending 6th grade at New Haven Elementary. I found out when I got home from school. It was really too big of an event and it happened too far away from me for me to understand how big it was. I just wanted to go outside and play basketball with my friends.”
Doug Peirick stated that he was “working at Seitter's putting the ad into the computer system. At first I was in shock that it happened at all. Then I had a lot of different feelings going on as the day continued. I was saddened by all the life that was lost and I was also mad at those that caused this senseless tragic event.”
Not everybody might have been born or old enough to remember this event, but it is still a day to always look back on and remember.