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9/11 through the eyes of a child

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    9/11 through the eyes of a child

    With the 9/11 anniversary coming up in a couple days, it's once again time to reflect on the first responders who gave their lives to save others and the 3,000 innocent people aged 2-85 years old killed on that horrific day.

    18 years after this tragedy, the children of 9/11 are all grown up. While the attacks are part of history now, for young people (Specifically, 1991-1998 babies, the 2nd half of the Millennial generation) like me who watched the events unfold on TV as children, the pain remains ever present. "Where were you when the world stopped turning, that September day?," said Alan Jackson in his song of the same name. Our generation, as listed above, is the last who will be able to share memories of that day. There we were, aged 3-10, elementary schoolers and preschoolers, watching the news coverage of the twin towers on TV with our teachers and/or parents, completely clueless as to what we were watching, as our nation was shaken to its core. We were eventually picked up by our parents and sent home early from school that day, unable to watch our favorite cartoons because literally every channel was showing coverage of the twin towers.

    I was 3 years old at the time of the attacks, and its the most vivid memory I have from when I was that age. I had just started preschool. My classmates were looking forward to a day of fun and games together, when suddenly, our school was put into lockdown, and our teacher looked very panicked. I remember being confused as to why the other kids seemed to be "magically" disappearing from the room. Then, my father showed up. He looked panicked as well. Based on his facial expression, I could now tell something was wrong. He put me in the back of his car and rushed me home. My mother had the living room TV on the news, and I saw bits and pieces of the footage of the twin towers before she shooed me away to my room. Frankly, I was too young to fully comprehend the attacks as they happened, and it wasn't until I watched the 10th anniversary ceremonies on TV before church (It was on a Sunday) in 2011 that I finally learned what happened that day. I haven't forgotten it since.

    I'd also like to give a pat on the back for our "9/11 generation," now aged 21-28, for the resiliency we've shown. After going through 9/11 as kids, we've lived/are living out our 20s in a violent America overtaken with mass shootings and bloodshed. Our "Keep calm and carry on" mentally really shows who we are as a generation: Defiant and determined, and that bodes well for the future. It's also up to us to teach future generations the horrors of that day to prevent such an event from ever happening again.

    Never forget 9/11/2001.
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    Generation Y

    I was 15, I came from school and my grandma told me that "some organisation was bombing New York". My father who was a Soviet-born engineer thought it's "another American movie".

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    World population: 7.000.000.000
    People killed during WW2: 70.000.000
    People killed during the recent Syrian War: 151.888
    People killed in Hiroshima bombing: 140.000
    People killed on 9/11: 2977
    Animals killed for taste pleasure every day: 150.000.000

    Hardly the world shaking event that Americans keep making it out to be... Oh sorry, I forgot Americans are more important than everyone else... But there were camera's. I guess camera's make all the difference in Hollywood land. Didn't happen unless it's on film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zidane View Post
    World population: 7.000.000.000
    People killed during WW2: 70.000.000
    People killed during the recent Syrian War: 151.888
    People killed in Hiroshima bombing: 140.000
    People killed on 9/11: 2977
    Animals killed for taste pleasure every day: 150.000.000

    Hardly the world shaking event that Americans keep making it out to be... Oh sorry, I forgot Americans are more important than everyone else... But there were camera's. I guess camera's make all the difference in Hollywood land. Didn't happen unless it's on film.
    Third world countries wouldn't have been affected by 9/11 anyway, since they're not interested in Western pop culture. I wish America could let go of the past, meaning stop obsessing over events like this. It's the only way we can move forward, especially in these dividing times.
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    @Willtip98

    Ouch.

    For someone so recollective of 9/11 you can't even mention that it's the first anniversary where nearly every K-12 kid was born after the event.

    All current adults (18+) were alive then (yes, including those born in 2001- shocker, I KNOW).

    And also, what does 9/11 have to do with pop culture? "Third-world countries" not being interested in 9/11 because they aren't into "western pop culture" is like saying Americans wouldn't be interested in Brexit because Americans aren't into British pop culture, lmao. They're two separate things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millenium_01 View Post
    @Willtip98

    Ouch.

    For someone so recollective of 9/11 you can't even mention that it's the first anniversary where nearly every K-12 kid was born after the event.

    All current adults (18+) were alive then (yes, including those born in 2001- shocker, I KNOW).
    I didn't realize it at the time, but I did today.

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    Generation Y

    1997 here, but I dont remember 9/11. I have many memories that precede 9/11 that go back to 1999. My earliest memory that I can accurately date in 1999 was my first time in a plane. I can confirm cause my second time in a plane was only in mid 2002, and I remember 5-year old me looking back to my 99 experience in a plane. By the way, its weird how its been 18 years since 9/11. I didnt think I saw it on TV. If I did, I would have been scarred for life. I didnt even know about it until I was like 12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karlpalaka View Post
    1997 here, but I dont remember 9/11. I have many memories that precede 9/11 that go back to 1999. My earliest memory that I can accurately date in 1999 was my first time in a plane. I can confirm cause my second time in a plane was only in mid 2002, and I remember 5-year old me looking back to my 99 experience in a plane. By the way, its weird how its been 18 years since 9/11. I didnt think I saw it on TV. If I did, I would have been scarred for life. I didnt even know about it until I was like 12.
    I can imagine some parents were hesitant to show their children such disturbing footage. Come to think of it, my mother really messed up by having me watch the footage that morning. I did fly several times before 9/11, but afterward, I became scared of planes and didn't fly on one again until 2011 when I was 13.

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    Generation Y

    Quote Originally Posted by Willtip98 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by karlpalaka View Post
    1997 here, but I dont remember 9/11. I have many memories that precede 9/11 that go back to 1999. My earliest memory that I can accurately date in 1999 was my first time in a plane. I can confirm cause my second time in a plane was only in mid 2002, and I remember 5-year old me looking back to my 99 experience in a plane. By the way, its weird how its been 18 years since 9/11. I didnt think I saw it on TV. If I did, I would have been scarred for life. I didnt even know about it until I was like 12.
    I can imagine some parents were hesitant to show their children such disturbing footage. Come to think of it, my mother really messed up by having me watch the footage that morning. I did fly several times before 9/11, but afterward, I became scared of planes and didn't fly on one again until 2011 when I was 13.
    Yeah, I can remember some innappropriate memories I had when I was two. I cant describe them on here cause they are personal to my family, but my family made sure to avoid it happening around a year or two later. But honestly, I cant considering remembering 9/11 as a characteristic to avoid being demoted to Gen z. Many people are trying to forget such a tragic event.

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    Generation Y

    I've just talked to someone born in '98 and this person didn't know September 11 is the anniversary of the "WTC attack". E also claimed that Bush was a "pussy" cos he didn't "nuke al-Qaeda".


     
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