Why We Need To Remember 9/11

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This week (specific date) we take time to remember the tragic events that occurred on September 11 2001. For most people, the details of that day are engraved into their memories. But for many of the younger generation, like myself, the day and its significance feel like a more recent version of Pearl Harbor. The emotions and experiences of that day are lost in the generation gap.

That Tuesday morning eleven years ago, 19 terrorist from the Islamic military group, al-Qaeda, hijacked four different planes, crashing them into the North and South tower of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. In addition, the hijackers also attempted to crash a fourth plane into the United States Capitol Building, but ended up crashing into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after the passengers attempted to take control of the jet. Nearly 3,000 people died in the events, including the 227 citizens and 19 hijackers aboard the planes.

Most of the students at SLA were too young to remember or understand the events when they happened. So many of the students don’t necessarily understand the full significance of the day.

When asked about his feelings toward 9/11, an anonymous student said, “Well I didn’t really know anybody who was affected by it so it feels more like something from a history book. It doesn’t really affect me as much as it does people older than me.”

When asked the same question, sophomore Cassie Fuller, said, “Well, I remember it being on T.V. a little, there was something else happening with my family that day so that’s also why that day stands out in my memory. I kind of wish I was able to understand what was happening since I was so young.

No matter how old you were when the events of 9/11 transpired the day and its name will always have its tragic chapter in the book of American, and world history.

Those who were too young to remember 9/11 should strive to learn more about it. That day is arguably the most important event in our country’s recent history. The youth should look to understand this event and not just settle for reading an article about it. They should learn why the date September 11, 2001, is set aside and remembered. It’s not just another day on the calender, it’s not just another moment of silence, it’s a day that changed our country, and the world.


About Brandon B.

I'm a proud Christian, above average sports fan and I'm currently in the process of growing up.

Posted on September 13, 2012, in News, Top Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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