Remembering 9/11 From A Child’s Perspective

A 9-11 Memorial in Jersey City, N.J. Paul Stein.
[box_light]Many of The Know’s writers are teens or young adults, but 10 years ago, they experienced 9/11 as children. Here are their memories of that day.[/box_light]
I was four yeas old. I didn’t really understand what was happening. I was at home with my family at the time and my mom was cooking. The phone rang, and then my mom began to panic and turned the TV on.
Looking back on what happened 10 years ago, it’s hard to believe that someone would do that to thousands of people. I feel bad for all the families who had to basically watch their loved ones pass away without saying goodbye. I feel safe now that Bin Laden is gone, but I still know that everything else he planned to do to our world isn’t over. Someone else will take his place. We just have to hope it won’t happen soon.
Te’lona Love


I was 8 years old on the day of September 11, 2001. I remember getting ready for school. I was living with my grandma at the time. The TV was on and I remember watching the news. When I got to school, everyone was talking about the attacks. I’m not sure, but I think later in the day we did the pledge of allegiance again after the regular one. I remember watching the news and seeing people hanging out of the windows of the towers.

When Bin Laden was killed, I was a little relived and a little assured. I felt that it was a good thing that we no longer had to sacrifice our own troops to search for him anymore.
Brian Phetthavong

I was seven years old. I don’t recall much of this event, but to look back on it now, I realize how surprising and scary that day was. It’s crazy to think that a tragic thing like the destruction of two huge buildings in New York could happen so suddenly without anyone knowing. When I watched news footage of 9/11, I just remembered back when I was in third grade and my teacher was having a discussion about it. It was probably in 2002, but I didn’t really have an opinion about it then because I was a kid and didn’t know what was going on. But the fact that a group of terrorists could cause this kind of damage to our powerful nation probably made us look vulnerable.

Now that Osama Bin Laden is finally dead, I think that Americans feel more at peace and justified because he was behind the deaths of nearly 3,000 civilians. Because of him, we as a nation are more strict and cautious about foreigners due to terrorism. It has made us stronger.
Denise Yang
I was 9 years old when 9/11 happened. I was sleeping in my mom and dad’s room. I remember my mom was crying as she watched the news and my dad was on his way to work. My brother was taking a shower and my mom went and told him what had happened while she freaked out. I remember a lot of people talking about it, and everyone’s TV was on the news that day.
It doesn’t seem like it’s been 10 years. We are still in the war that was started by this act and we only just killed the bad guy responsible. I know a lot of people got hurt and killed. Kids lost their mothers and fathers. It’s so sad how many people died and were hurt and lost loved ones.
Kristine Balliet
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