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What Will You Always Remember? My Thoughts As a High Schooler in 2001.

I can’t let this day go without sharing my personal thoughts and memories of what happened from my own personal point of view.

I am of a strange generation that split the gap between the “old days” without technology and the iPhone age in which we currently reside. And in 2001, when I was a senior in high school, my generation was splitting the gap between innocent children and grown adults.

The terrorist attacks of 2001 gave all of a very hard push from naive teen into a somewhat-aware adult, whether we wanted to or not. It was the point where we lost the innocence of childhood and realized what type of people were in this world, and that changed our own world forever.

Last year, I wrote about my thoughts and memories of that day in a freeform fashion, just writing whatever came into my brain. It was hard for my fingers to keep up, because once you start typing and those memories start flowing, they won’t stop until they are all out.

I encourge you to do the same, and share your own stream of memories with us.

The TVs on the classroom walls being tuned to the coverage.

The silence in the halls as we went from class to class.

The knowledge that something important was happening, but the high school naivety of not knowing HOW big.

Going home and watching the news coverage non-stop.

All the theories being batted around.

The images of soot covered buildings and people.

The terrified look on that one woman’s face in that video of people fleeing down a New York street.

The day the word “terrorism” entered my vernacular.

Secret Service whispering in President Bush’s ear as he read to school children and his address to the nation not long after.

Reality sinking in the following day and the feeling of unity that came of the country.

Those are some of the things that I’ll always remember about September 11, 2001 as I just started my senior year at Providence Catholic High School.

It was almost half of my lifetime ago. I just turned 35, and today we remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001 that happened 17 years ago. In some ways it feels like it’s been a long time, in others it feels like yesterday.

Here’s a short clip of the only video footage of the FIRST plane hitting one of the towers. WARNING: It’s still VERY hard to watch, and there is some very justifiable profanity.

I really encourage you to start writing your memories of that day one line, one memory at a time. As you write one memory others will flood your brain and your fingers will have trouble keeping up. I call this “active remembering,” (is that a thing?) when you sit down and focus your attention on actually trying to recall facts, emotions and thoughts of that day.

Start with where you were. Then why you were there…then watch the memories stream back into your consciousness. That’s how I never forget.

I need this to help me remember those details because when my son and daughter come to me after reading about this in history class, I want to be there with memories that matter, not just cliches. They need to know how awful that day was, but they also need to know the feeling that swept of Sept. 12, 2001.

Finally, a sincere thank you to servicemen and servicewomen who risk themselves everyday just like those police, fire and EMTs and ordinary citizens in New York 17 years ago.

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