Kids Then, College Students Now, Remember 9/11
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Eleven years ago today, the United States was under attack, and many of us vividly remember the fear and sorrow we felt September 11, 2001. For many young adults, the memories are less clear. Many were younger than 10 years old at the time.
“Just seeing the plane just hitting the building, I kept thinking it was going over and over, you didn’t really understand because you were so little,” Priscilla Pringle said.
College freshmen Priscilla Pringle and her classmate Rachael Baldwin remember the attacks, but they didn’t know what it all meant. The young women were only in second grade.
“I think I understood what was going on, but I don’t think that I fully got that all those people died and that we were going to be going to war,” Baldwin said.
Megan Stahl and her friend Patrick Grant also say they were too young to grasp how serious of a situation 9/11 was.
“I didn’t really understand the situation as a fifth grader,” said Grant.
“I had no idea what the Twin Towers were or anything, and it was just really weird for me,” Stahl said. “I didn’t know what was going on at all.”
Edward Raab remembers life without war, his life before the attacks, but his life’s been forever changed because of it.
“I have family members in the military, my brother’s in the military, my brother-in-law lost his life in Afghanistan, and I have a couple of other friends who have been either hurt or lost their life,” Raab said.
He was 12 years old living in Pleasanton, Kan., even thousands of miles away, he felt his world change.
“I’m in small town Kansas, and I still felt the impact, and I’m sure it’s like that around the country, and around the world,” Raab said.
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