Remembering Those Who Fell & the Spirit That Lifted Us Up after 9/11

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“W” throwing out the First Pitch at Yankees Stadium, 10/30/01.

This past summer I was fortunate to visit the 9/11 Memorial sites in Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. They were both incredibly emotional visits that are covered in previous posts. But recently, a MUHS alum and Army veteran spoke at school how the 9/11 attacks propelled him to enlist and serve two tours in Iraq. But it was not so much the actual attacks that prompted him to enlist but rather the feelings of unity the world shared on 9/12. To him, those days in the aftermath of this tragedy were special and showed the strength of the human spirit. Here at home, people smiled a little more, took time to talk to one another in the check out lines. Globally, while Ground Zero smoldered, it seemed every evening there was an amazing moment of support coming from a new corner of the globe. Maybe it is the unity we felt after the attacks that should share more of the memory with the fallen heroes; not the face shots of the terrorists or re-playing of the planes crashing into our buildings.

It only took a moment for me to recall an example of that “spirit” after the attacks. One lasting memory for me that brought me to tears was during the World Series that October when President Bush threw out the opening pitch at Yankee Stadium (see vid below). It was something about the president out there on the mound in New York, a month after the attacks (and he nailed the pitch!) that was awesome. It was almost like something out of a movie… for an evening things were how they should be.

What do you remember that captured the spirit of unity after the attacks?

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  • I have included links to six excellent sites dedicated to the memory those lost on 9/11. I tried to find links that relate to the human experiences and spirit that prevailed that day. Most of these I have used in my classes and will either assign as homework or watch along with my students tomorrow.

1) 102 Minutes That Changed America. An Interactive Map of Manhattan during the attacks: This link on HIstory Channel’s website lets you watch and hear New Yorker’s response to the attacks from all angles of the city. The NYU Dorm reactions are chilling.

2) Flight 93 National Memorial: This link has extraordinary videos that explain the crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania from many perspectives. One is from workers in the U.S. Capital which is where Flight 93 was headed and also from the first reporter on the scene. They are each about an hour in length but worth it.

3) “Congress Sings on Capital Steps.” Realizing that perhaps Flight 93 was aimed at them, members of Congress set aside their partisanship and gathered together on the steps to sing “God Bless America.”

4) “He’s the Reason I’m Here.” A 2 minute oral history of a woman who was in a Twin Tower and whose boss saved her life.

5) “9/11: The Photographs That Moved Them Most.” Haunting photographs of the Twin Towers.

6) “National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.” A photographic tribute to all those who lost their lives in Flight 77 and the Pentagon.

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49 thoughts on “Remembering Those Who Fell & the Spirit That Lifted Us Up after 9/11

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  2. My memory and relationship to 9/11 I blurry considering I was only four years old at the time of the attack. Nobody I knew was in the buildings or the planes, so I did not have that much of a personal connection, and even though watching the attack is my first real lasting memory, I have no recollection of the days afterward, or any real concept of why we were attacked. All I knew is that the Twin Towers were gone. I had no real meaning of what that meant. I believe that an 18 year old in 1887 would remember that Civil War very similarly to the way that I remember 9/11. I believe that he would not have a real idea of what went on, just a concept of before the war there were slaves and now there are not, which would lead him to believe that the war was about slavery. His connection to the war would most likely be stories about the war told to him by his parents.

  3. I do not really necessarily remember much about September 11, 2001, but what I do recall is me as a 3 year old in school and seeing these massive planes crash into what I called “2 huge sticks”. I remember teachers crying at the atrocious events that were occurring at the time. Ironically, what I specifically remember were my two k-3 teachers, smiling the next morning and saying “We will get revenge to whoever caused this”, I know this because my dad heard it and remembered it and told me a few years back. My dad stated “I saw the unity of the American citizens,and them fighting for the same cause: terrorism”. I do not remember anything but what I just stated. I just saw the Bush video once again, and I see how all the people were united as one screaming out “USA”, even the guy that didn’t vote for him said “I watched him and he was my representative”. The days after 9/11 are the most incredible, just to see the unity of the citizens of the Unites States is incredible.

  4. I don’t remember where I was when the planes crashed, or what happened the day after, but I do remember my parents talking more to the other parents. As I look back, I remember my parents talking to other people for longer periods of time then I do now, I just thought that it was because we all started texting and IM’ing a lot more. Although I don’t remember much about that time, I know about the period after. I remember the major increase in security at the airports after I turned about 6 and the increase in awareness of terrorist threats like Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Hive one moment that I will never forget where I was, it was when Bin Laden was killed in 2011. I was lying in my bed watching the Yankees/ Red Sox game when across the bottom of the TV, it said “Breaking News: Osama Bin Laden has been killed” and it just rolled on, over and over. That is how I relate to 9/11, the sigh of relief after Bin Laden was finally dead, it’s what I think about when the country realized that we were still standing. To a 17 year old in 1877, I think they would remember the War much better than I remember 9/11, the way that father’s, brothers, cousins were all going to fight in the war, not to mention, there were many more stories and connections to the Civil War.

  5. After reviewing the links, my memory was refreshed from when this event occurred. I was a in kindergarten at the time and I remember lining up to go to the library. We had been waiting for the teacher to tell us to proceed when a grim look appeared on her face. The mood all of a sudden changed and the place for learning became a place where fear thrived. Frantic parents, including my own, came to pick their children up. Upon reflecting on the event today during class I was honestly not sure about the true cause of these attacks, although i did have a rough idea. I assumed that these attacks were a radical retaliation to a series of simple misunderstanding that led to sense of scorn between the US and those of the Middle East. I soon learned that the roots of this attack were embedded in conflicts far more deep than a simple miscommunication. When putting myself in the situation of a teenager my age after the Civil War just occurred I came to the same conclusion. This teenager was born during the end of one of the most dividing wars in the history of the United States. He may have had no memory of the conflict, if he did not have a direct connection to the things happening during the Civil War. As a result of the “Lost Cause” or the an education given in the north, their reasoning behind the causes of the Civil War maybe skewed or undermined. He might recollect stories passed down from his relatives or family friends, but he may not have a clear cut memory of the events that transpired or he may possess only a mere foggy memory of certain events. Based on my own experience from witnessing a major catastrophe in the history of the United States, I believe this Southerner would have this recollection on the Civil War.

  6. If I was in 1877, I would remember that the Civil War was a war highly involved in the freeing of African Americans from slavery. This would really confuse me because after the war there was segregation and Jim Crow Law in effect in an attempt to put African Americans “back in their place.” I thought African Americans were supposed to be equal now?

  7. I do not remember much the day the twin towers were attacked, but I do remember coming home from kindergarten and being very happy that I got to get pulled out of school. My mom had tears in her eyes and hugged me tight, and i could not figure out what was wrong. I remember looking around and seeing how sad my teachers were and was curious as to why, after all I was happy I got out of school early. I asked my dad today what he remembers, and he explained that her remembers there being a state of confusion around the country. Everyone was curious why, how, who, what had happened. They didn’t figure out it was a terrorist attack a while after.

  8. Looking through all these links really put a face on this horrific event that although I was alive for, had no recollection of. It was moving and put a tear to my eye. I would have to think, based upon my personal experience that a 17 year old boy twelve years after the Civil War would remember about the same. He may know some people who fought, in fact, his father and grandfather may have served in one of the armies. Other than that, baseb upon how I remember the Civil War, ii would have to assume that it would be the same for a boy my age in 1872.

  9. For me, I will always be more connected to the events after 9/11 because I was only four years old in 2001. I remember absolutely nothing from that day. I will always be connected to the name Saddam Hussein and constantly hearing his name involved with the terrorist attacks as I grew up. To be an 18 year old ten years after the Civil War would be very similar to what it is like to be an 18 year old ten years after 9/11. I would not remember too much about the actual events, but as I grew up I would remember it being the center of focus of our country and always hear parents and older people speak about how it was before the war. I would always read or hear about it in the news as I do now, but would not really know the true affects of it because I was born into this post-war era.

  10. Honestly, I had never really been taught in detail on how and why 9/11 happened. It seems that most people say some terrorists attacked the U.S. on 9/11 and leave it at that. To me, it seems like people want to remember all the people who lost their lives, but they want to forget what actually happened, almost like it was a bad dream. I think because of this, I never really grew up with a sense of why it happened and all the details that went into it. All I knew was that 9/11 was a terrible day in our country. The links above provide me some detail that shows why and how it happened. It also shows the aftermath, which is often overlooked. I honestly do not remember 9/11 probably because I was shielded from it. Therefore, I do not really have much of a connection to it, and it feels like 9/11 happened a long time ago in a place that was farther away. I think that a 17 year-old boy wouldn’t remember much about the Civil War either. I believe that parents wanted their children to forget there ever was one. Remember that a 17 year-old boy would have only been 5 at the end of the Civil War just as I was 5 during 9/11. Considering that the boy from 1877 would have been 1 or 2 at the start of the Civil War, I think that the 17 year-old boy would have little connection to the war.He probably wouldn’t remember any battles or anything. He would just be stuck with the Reconstruction Era and that is all he would know. I do not think parents at the time would want their kids to know about a Civil War so it wouldn’t happen again in the future.

  11. On September 11, 2001 I was in preschool. Nearly everything that happened that day is a blur. One memory I do have is my mom turning around on the way to school. My dad, a police officer, had to race into work and was gone all night. Not until I was much older did I truly realize what happened on that day. After viewing some of the links provided, the link that touched me the most was number five. The pictures provided are few, of many chilling pictures that to an extent make me feel present on that tragic day. One thing that caught my attention in many of the pictures, was the complete strangers helping one another. The unity this tragedy brought upon America was and is incredible. When most people think of 9/11, they think of the plane crashes. After reading your blog and viewing the links, I now have a new view on 9/11.

  12. For me, 9/11 was simply an early release for school. I had no idea what was going on so I went home and just relaxed like most people would do if they had gotten out of school early. When I grew older I realized why it was so important and kind of felt bad for letting myself enjoy the day after I got out of school. That’s all I remember about the event, I know it was linked to Saddam Hussein now also know now why we went to war, we wanted to stop the spread of these events. To be an 18 year old soon after the Civil War ended would probably be very close to this, not knowing much of what happened then but always hearing about the events of the past. The entire country always focuses on major events like this so it would not surprise me to hear about the war from all the survivors and all the memories they have and how terrible it was. Post-War environments are always touchy which is why, in any generation, being alive in the time will stick with you for the rest of your life,

  13. Septermber 11th, 2001, i was only 5 years old. But, I do remember the events. I did not know the details or anything I just do remember waking up, because my kindergarten class was in the afternoon, and coming downstairs to find my mom standing in front of the TV. Next thing I remember I was sitting on the counter not even 3 feet away from the TV watching, in confusion, but I was watching. To see the fear and terror in my mother’s own eyes probably upset me very much, but that i do not remember the emotional aspect of my reaction.

  14. I was about three years old when 9/11 occurred, so I do not remember anything, therefore I cannot find something that matches my memory. The website that touched me the most was the interactive map from 102 Minutes That Changed America. This really showed the first hand perspective of the people in New York. You can see their reactions of actually being there rather than seeing it through a TV screen. To see the people’s reaction really touched me. I was not able to react to the events when I was young, so this website really showed me the reactions of people at the time. Additionally, I had not seen all of the tapes and videos before looking on the website. I feel that the map affected me the most because I was able to see the people’s reaction and the towers at the same time.

  15. Before the terrorist attacks I don’t think I knew what the World Trade Center was, nor that it even existed, however now I along with millions of other people will never be able to forget it.September 11, 2001 would have just been a normal day. However, it was just one of those days that touch your life so much that you remember who you were with, where you were, and what you were doing. Although I was only three years old on the day of the attacks I can still paint a dull picture of what happening. I could tell something was weird that day. We were let out of school and everyone was silent. 9/11 was one of the most defying moments of our nation’s history. It showed how we can be at our best when our country was at its worst. “102 Minutes That Changed America” really shows how quickly a regular day turned into one of the most memorable of all time.

  16. I personally remember very little about the attacks on 9/11 however, talking with older people who remember it really gives me a great perspective. Looking at the links really sums up the entire nightmare that is 9/11. The panic, the fear of the unknown, and the shock, were all so terrifying in the videos. The aftermath is what really surprises me. My dad talked about flags, hung over every overpass along the highway. National anthems sung before sporting events where everyone was singing at the top of their lungs. A massive amount of people showing up to church praying and remembering the lives lost. The songs written about the U.S. and how no one messes with us. The reaction was the one positive of the whole event. It showed the American spirit and drive. It showed we were one united country, and that nothing would change that. Any difference or problem between Americans was put aside, for there was a bigger issue at hand. We became closer as a people, one country after one of the worst events in modern history. 9/11 is often times thought of as a negative. Only the negatives are looked at while there was truly a great positive side as well. I can’t say I remember that day but I can say that I don’t need to. I believe I understand and now realize what really happened, and what 9/11 is truly about.

  17. On 9/11 I remember my mom leaving work early to come pick up my brother and I after our school let us out early that day. Me being only 4, I remember going home early and watching cartoons, while being completely oblivious to what had just happened. I would think that the events after 9/11 and the USA’s War on Terror is something that I am more connected with. As these events occurred I was at an age where I could now understand more and more of the severity of what was happening, unlike when 9/11 happened. I think that an 18 year old during the Civil War would identify with either the North or the South depending on where he grew up. Then, I can also picture him wanting to go join his respective army and go fight for his beliefs. A southern would say he is fighting to defend his way of life, while a northerner would say he is fighting to preserve the union and abolish slavery.

  18. I do not remember specifics from September 11th, 2011. But what I do slightly recall is all the pain and sadness everybody was feeling. The nation kind of stood in awe. I wish that I could have been older when this happened so I could fully empathize with the people that were effected by the attacks. Watching clips and movies, seeing pictures, hearing first hand accounts all help me understand the magnitude of this event. Even though it was an attempt to tear our nation apart, I believe that our country was even stronger and more unified after the attacks. It makes me think because of the firefighters that risked their lives to save people and some ended up dying. My dad is a firefighter and he is my true role model because he puts his life at risk to ensure the safety of others and that is what those firefighters did that day. I believe that an 18 year old in the year 1877 would have a similar view of the CIvil War than mine of 9/11. That fragments are remembered but only generalizations and main ideas stand out.

  19. I don’t remember 9-11 at all. I was only in kinder garden when it happened. I only remember coming home from school and hearing what happened on the radio. I am more connected to the events after 9-11, because I can actually remember them. I never actually saw any videos, or knew that there were any other attacks until I was in about 6th grade, because no one ever talked about it. Everyone single year on 9-11, everyone wouldn’t talk as much, and wouldn’t do anything at recess. It really didn’t make sense to me until I learned about what happened. I think that as an 18 year old in 1877 would have been different than 9-11 was for me, especially in the North, because they wouldn’t have been shy to tell us about winning the war. Living in the north, my connections might have been having a father, uncle, or brother in the war and maybe dying. Or, if they lived, hearing their war stories if they wanted to tell them.

  20. Honestly, I have no recollection of the matter. I was 4 years old, and i just remember coming home and my worried mother and father watching the television in the kitchen with an intensity in their eyes, that i had never seen before. They were in shock. Coming for a immigrants perspective, you wonder why someone would want to harm a great nation that only has good to offer (some of those good gifts where altered and changed after this terror, i.e. the bond that Bush had with the Mexican president at the time, Vicente Fox, was lost as were all their plans of working together). Today, years later, I still have a fuzzy understanding of why it all happened, but i enjoy reading and learning of its repercussions.
    I believe that the same way i felt, a soldier felt after or even during the war. Of course times are different, i learned about the matter through television and had clear picture of what was going on, but a soldier during the Civil War didn’t realize how ugly matters got. As i had to live with the repercussions of 9/11, as did a soldier with the aftermath of the civil war, except he had to live those years with the confusing turmoil of what was going on and what had happened. If i was that soldier, my main question would be, “What did we win?” or “What was gained?”
    -Cesar

  21. My memory of the 9/11 attacks are very limited in that I was only 4 years old on September 11, 2001. I can specifically recall my Mom crying and calling my Dad. I, only at age 4, knew something was terribly wrong but could not put it all together until I saw the t.v. and the burning buildings on it. Later on, my Mom reminded me that my aunt and uncle lived on the other side of the bay. My aunt and uncle were not hurt physically, but emotionally the tole was almost unbearable for them. I believe that an 18 year old after the Civil War had occurred would be very similar to that of an 18 year old after 9/11. The 18 year old in 1877 would not necessarily recall why the war was fought, but he would remember those loved ones who may have died and that the war was about slavery.

  22. I do not remember a lot about 9/11. I was at school at the time that the three planes crashed, and I was only five years old. The school kept us on lockdown, so no one could leave. I honestly had no idea what happened because none of the teachers talked about it. My parents did tell me what happened when I got home though, but I still did not know the magnitude of what happened being only five years old. If I was a teenager during 9/11, I’m sure watching news coverage and learning of the massive casualties would be life changing as well as the realization that the United States was attacked on their own soil. If I was a teenager during the Civil War, I think my mind would be in shock. Growing up when a country is trying to split itself apart would also be a life changing event just as 9/11 was. I think the Civil War would be more complicated to talk about, mainly because the enemy that the north was fighting was other Americans. They were not Al Queda, Osama Bin Laden, or any other terrorist. Also, the South did not attack the North like terrorists did on 9/11 to America. Therefore, I think, as a teenager, I would question why Americans fight and kill other Americans. Although 9/11 was a more surprising and out of the blue attack on America, I think the Civil War would have been a more complicated issue to live through and understand.

  23. September 11 will always have a meaning to me. I was 4 at the time and I still can remember sitting in the classroom and seeing the teachers crying as they take in the news. This was the only thing I was able to comprehend that day. Years later I realized what truly devastating effect the crash had on society. As an eighteen Year old boy in after the civil war one very probable thing is that you lost your father or your brother in the war. I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to lose somebody to a war. all you would know of your father or brother was stories because he would not be around any more. The other important memory that a boy would have from the civil war was the change in the way people acted. Just like in 9/11 where security increased tenfold back in the civil war the way people acted towards you would have changed based on the outcome of the civil war.

    • Thank you for sharing Matt. I can imagine it was scary and confusing to see a teacher cry. I think you may be on to something how the next generation after a crisis point like Civil War or 9/11 grows up with the changes that resulted from that event. So they don’t know what it was like before the event and maybe, to know fault of their own, can’t fully understand the meaning of the event. What do you think?

  24. On September 11, 2001, I remember coming home from kindergarden and watching the news with my mom. The TV screen was full of images of the twin towers with black smoke rising above them. I remember my mom trying to explain to me what had happened, but I never really understood the situation till much later on. Now looking back on it, I understand what a tragedy it was for the world and especially the United States. I learned from various videos that these attacks could have easily been prevented. The security at the time did allow blades lass than four inches long on air planes. These were ultimately used to hijack the planes. The reaction of the people of the United States was horrific. No one could believe the events that they saw. As seen in the video below, the news casters were in complete disbelief when the South Tower collapsed. If I were an 18 year old in 1877, I probably would not have understood the Civil War at first. It would take lots of explanations for relatives and friends for me to even grasp the information. I most likely would not have much of a connection to the events of the Civil War because I would have been very young at the time.

    Bryce G

    • Thanks Bryce for the video. I recall watching them fall in disbelief too.
      I think you may be right in saying you may not have “understood” the Civil War in 1877 as a teenager just like we don’t have a firm understanding of 9/11 today. We know it occurred but many don’t understand it.

  25. I was 5 years old on September 11, 2001. I do not remember anything about the school day or about how I found out that the World Trade Center towers had collapsed and thousands of people died. These links posted on “Historicalese” give me a greater understanding of how the United States healed and was brought closer together as a nation. Looking back, the united efforts of police departments, fire departments, and ambulance medics throughout New York, shows a truly remarkable sense of unity in the nation. Hundreds of individuals lost their lives trying to save people inside the World Trade Center and today we remember these individuals and all victims of the attack and their families. I am more connected to events following 9/11, but there has never been an attack quite like 9/11. I think that an 18-year-old in 1877 would remember the Civil War either very well or horribly. If the 18-year old lived close to the battles and his parents would talk about the war in front of him, he might remember many things. On the other hand, if the 18-year-old lived in California or somewhere far away from the war, he might hear of the war, but would not be connected to any information. If the 18-year old did have a connection, he would probably remember the war quite well, especially if it was fought in his front yard. Since the Civil War lasted around 5 years and was not located in one individual place, many young children had the opportunity to listen and view with their own eyes the horror of war.

  26. Being so far removed from an event, huge as it is, I cannot say that I have any recollection of the day or months following 9/11/2001. I can only feel that a young adult from the generation after the Civil War would feel the same way.

  27. Being just five years old, I do not remember much from the date of September 11th, 2001. I do remember being halfway astonished when I watched a video of the event occurring, however I was too eager to return to my toy trains to fully realize what was actually going on and what it really meant. In fact, when my Catholic elementary school remembered the victims of the tragic events one year later in a mass, I could not believe that they were devoting an entire mass towards something that happened an entire year ago. It was old news! Get over it people! As I became older, I began to realize the context and meaning of the events, thus I realized just how big and tragic the September 11th attacks were. I can imagine a person of a similar age and time after the Civil War could realize the context and meaning of the war over time as this this person grew older and smarter. After all pre-school or kindergarten is likely much too young to fully comprehend the amount of evil exerted both in 1861 and in 2001.

  28. I do not remember anything specific from the day of 9/11. However, I do remember the tragic feeling surrounding the day. Using this information, I believe someone in 1887 would not remember the events specifically, but more remember the feelings and emotions of the people around him that could recall their experiences in the war. I do think that there is a chance that the person may be able to remember the events, seeing as it completely pervaded society and was found everywhere, as opposed to being centered in a region that is far away.

  29. i was three years old when 9/11 happened. i don’t really remember anything about the incident. my parents never picked me up and they shielded me from probably the most of it. parents these days protect their children from so much these days. i know that the tragedies of 9/11 were terrible and unthinkable, but like a fire drill you cant panic and you just have to move past it

  30. The only parts of 9/11 that I remember are sitting in my living room watching the video loop of the planes crashing into the twin towers. I thought it was a movie and really didn’t think about it. School was let out early that day so I was in a good mood. Only later did I realize what actually happened. I went to a few masses with my parents that commemorated the events and remembered the fallen. The Civil War would be an equally trying event. I think people of any age would be effected, but like myself, the young wouldn’t understand.

  31. My relationship to 9/11 is mostly as somewhat of a victim of misunderstandings concerning the event. As a person of color and a Muslim, I can’t really recall a single day of my life where I haven’t seen some sort of propaganda or hatred towards Muslims as a result of 9/11 (among other terrorist attacks).

    An 18 year old black person after the civil war might remember the slavery they were just freed from, but the treatment of blacks was so terrible they may mostly remember a bloody period of disease and starvation. [http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jun/16/slavery-starvation-civil-war] The perspective of freed slaves after the civil war is perhaps the most unheard. What we do hear is the perspective white soldiers and politicians and civilians. The connection of the freed slaves after the civil war is that of death and mistreatment. It was not until the civil rights movement that blacks finally truly gained a voice. Until then, their voice was not sufficiently heard and their plight was marginalized.

  32. Having a very poor memory of what my childhood was like, I can not say what I remember from those days following the attacks. However, being an avid internet user, I do have a story to tell. A firefighter had been shopping in a grocery store and was walking out when a woman that he had no idea who she was hugged him and thanked him. The firefighter was confused and asked where she had known him from. The woman responded that the firefighter had carried her out of the World Trade Center on 9/11 and still remembered him to this day. I feel like America bonded together that day. The only experience I could relate to such a feeling would be the recent Boston Marathon Bombings. That day, I felt like there was so much confusion. But after getting through the confusion, people went back to that state of being together and trying to rebuild Boston and those affected lives.

  33. Being at the very young age of 5, when the September 11 attacks occurred, I do not remember much of what happened at all. I definitely could recall the sadness at my house, seeing my mother staying on the phone with family from New York the whole night. My mother and father both sat myself and my sister down that night, telling us what had happened in a G rated fashion. I also remember coming into school the next morning and see American flags/posters on every corner. An 18 year old after the Civil War would also be have the same mindset as an 18 year old today, regarding 9/11. This is because they would be at a very young age, and was not able to understand why the country was fighting with each other.

  34. When 9/11 happened i was only four. i have no memory happening of it because of me being so young. The only thing i remember is watching movies about it several years later. when I was younger and i saw the videos I thought that it was just someone that accidentally drove their plane into the twin towers cause i didn’t know what terrorism was.. I asked my mom what she remembered that captured the spirit of unity after the attacks, and she felt that the outpouring of volunteers to the site of the World Trade Center made her feel unified as a nation. She stated that although there had been a heartless attack on our country, no act of terror could divide a nation like ours. There were many people who helped both in NYC and at home with recovery, clean up, blood and money donations, and rebuilding efforts, and that made her feel unified as a country

  35. I was only five years old and very excited to turn six in a two weeks when 9/11 happened. I do not remember much of what happened that day or the next couple days after. My memories of 9/11 are most concurrent with how my parents and older brothers saw and reacted to the events on that fateful day. I did not find out what really happened on 9/11 until I did some investigating of my own a few years later especially because no one around me was involved in or affected by the events. If I were an eighteen year old boy in 1877, some of my views about the Civil War may be swayed by those around me. In 1877, many of the men with whom I might talk may have served in the Civil War and therefore would have strong opinions about it. In the South, I probably would be told not to trust the government even more because of what they did to the South. In the North, I probably would be told that the South got what they deserved and should not have fought in the first place. Regardless of where I was and to whom I talked, the people around me would have formed the basis for my opinions of the events of the Civil War.

  36. I do not remember anything that happened during 9/11, but my mom told me I was getting a haircut when it happened. There was talk about a little prop plane that hit the tower, but later in the haircut we learned that it was a jet. Then we were watching the news at the haircut place when the second plane hit. The links give me a greater understanding of what happened that day, since I do not remember it. I am more connected to the events after 9/11 because I was not old enough at the time to understand, but now I can comprehend those kind of things. An 18 year old in 1877 might remember stories he has heard about the Civil War. There is a good chance that it might take awhile for those stories to sink in. His connection would be through his parents or word of mouth, or even a book. But it depends how he would be told, if he was raised in the North or South. Some parents might want to hide it from their children, ashamed of what they had done to contribute to the war.

  37. I was only 5 years old when the tragedies of 9/11 had occurred. I sitting at my kitchen table eating breakfast before school with TV on the morning abc station. While watching i witnessed the first plane actually hit the tower as they showed a live feed of it happening. I was not sure what to think of it, both my mom and I were shocked and confused at what was happening. It is a memory that has stuck with me over the years. However that is about all I remember. My mom told me that she didn’t have me go into school that day and said that the whole world was in shock. Being a little kid it is hard to understand the circumstances of certain situations are and what affect they are really having. I think that a 17 or 18 year old boy 12 years after the Civil War would have the same kind of thought as we do. That is a basic understanding and little remembrance of what happened, but no complete understanding until later in life.

  38. I don’t have much of a memory of 9/11, like the rest of everybody here. I do remember some major events that came from it. I recall sitting in my Nana’s room when they were showing Saddam’s arrest and trial, sitting with my parents as they were discussing the events at hand. I caught glimpses of photos from TIME and Newsweek magazines that had huge articles and pictures on the War in Iraq and Afghanistan. I remember the election of 2004, and how many people were impressed with Bush’s handling of the situation, causing his reelection. This is the sort of attitude I’d expect a teen in the 1870’s would have with the Civil War. They probably wouldn’t even remember its swath of destruction on the countryside, but they would feel the full brunt of its aftereffects, like Grant’s presidency, rampant industrialization, and full-on Reconstruction in the south.

  39. I was five years old 9/11/2001, but I do remember seeing what had happened that day. I was sitting at daycare when the staff turned on the TV to watch what was going on. I was too young to realize what was happening or how serious it was but I do remember the Twin Towers bursting into flames. It’s an image that I probably won’t forget. I can imagine someone my age now in 1877 would remember the war as a positive or negative event (depending on where he came from). They may not have understood the seriousness of the Civil War though.

  40. The pictures of the people falling really stuck out to me. These people would either have to be burnt alive in the building or jump to their death. The mental decision of either trying for an almost impossible chance of making it to some stairs, or having to kill yourself by jumping is unimaginable. I wonder what the people who jumped were thinking on their way down. I have seen my share of apocalypse movies, and when you are watching a movie, you know it’s all special effects that make the explosions and the rubble flying and the buildings collapsing. When I watched those videos, it was totally different. You know that the horrors happened, you see the shrapnel flying and you see the people falling and dying. I’ve seen videos of the attacks before, and it affects me every time I watch them.

  41. I have no memory of 9/11 happening as it actually happened. My relationship with 9/11 is more the years after the event through the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. So I probably haven’t experienced the same impact that It had on the adults at the time. Young adults after the civil war probably had a closer relationship with the events of reconstruction than the actual war itself. The Civil War, I would say, was just a part of that generation’s life that they couldn’t fully understand/ relate to, because they weren’t immediately affected by it as much as the adults at the time who may have known family and friends who died in the war.

  42. I remember vividly September 11,2001, I was in kindergarten and my teacher was trying to call her brother who worked in the Twin Towers but there was no answer. She proceeded to start crying, and explained to us that some “mean” people flew planes into the Twin Towers. My mom picked me up from school as soon she heard about it, and explained the same situation, but this time she explained to me that one of my cousins lived in Manhattan, but he we was safe. This was a very emotional day, seeing my mother cry to the possible lost of her sisters son, and this left a very impressionable mark on me to this day. If I were a 18 year old in 1877, I would probably not fully understand the depth of the war, but I could only make it an experience based off what others lived through during that time from stories and historical writings.

  43. The day of 9/11, I was 3 years old. The only memory I can recall was the frantic talk of my mother to my dad over the phone, and her crying. Being to little to understand, I didn’t realize how tragic the event was, and what affect it had on the country. Now learning about how much unity came from the attack, I wish I could’ve been older to experience the true love for one another and unity that came from the horrible events. The link that hit me the most was link 5, the pictures showed the emptiness and hurt that came upon the people that day. If I was an 18 year old in the civil war, I think that if I was amid the fighting and battle, watching all the people die, I’d be able to recall the events crystal clear in my mind. The feeling of having family member in your family die, or even friends die next to you must bring such an empty, abyss-like feeling in your mind and heart. I’d say if an 18 year old boy was away from the fighting, or heard about it, he wouldn’t know what it was really like, and how devastating war truly is. He may feel bad, even cry, but unless you were there when it happened, it wouldn’t be nearly the same experience.

  44. Although I was only 4 years old and don’t remember a thing from that day, I heard many stories and read and watched many clips about the 9/11 attacks. One story that really struck me about the unity of the USA after that day was about a family friend of mine who a day later was at the airport and every flight was shut down. Everybody was stuck and had nowhere to go, unless you rented a car. Because of the attacks, people began to be more sympathetic with each other and what a lot of people did was pack up in one car all together, complete strangers! All these people were willing to share a seat with someone they have never met before because of the attacks. They were packed into a car like clowns and all drove home together no matter where they lived. It was a good bonding moment for this friend of mine and the rest of America as they drove home with each other. This shows how the attacks almost made everyone a bit nicer and more friendly to other people.

  45. On September 11, 2001 I was just 5 years old. I remember that day I was at daycare before school and someone had said that a plane crashed into a building. I was curious but not enough to ask about what happened. When I came home my parents did not let me watch the news coverage on TV. Years later I now realize what had happened, and the effects on the country and the world. Southern 17/18 year olds knowledge of the Civil War would have been based on the information that their parents had told them. Much like what happened to me their parents could have not told them about what happened or told them about the war, because of the fear of their children knowing. One key difference between 9/11 and the Civil War is that the sympathy for this disastrous event was shared throughout the country. The US suffered from the attacks unified as a nation. But, back to the Civil War the sympathy for the South was not the same through the whole county. So the story that had been told would vary in the South and the North.

  46. I think that this is a serious problem nowadays because american don’t have that mentality anymore. Even thought i was just 3 when 9/11 happened i remember that we had some relatives in from Germany. They were afraid to fly back because they thought that their plane could be next.

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