We will never forget what happened when the nation stopped for a few minutes when two hijacked planes crashed into The Twin Towers in New York.
The morning of September 11, 2001 felt like any other day, people getting ready for work and others making sure they have their books for school until you turned on the T.V. and in words, “The United States is under attack.” By that time the first plane had already hit one of the twin towers. News stations scrambling because they had no idea what was going on.
“I was getting home from school and I had no idea what was going on,” said Alex Guerra who is a junior majoring in Biology at NMSU. “I remember walking in the door and seeing my mom watching the news, she had to explain to me what had happened in the morning.” Alex was in the second grade during the time of the attacks. 19 men, using them as missiles to attack buildings around the United States, had hijacked four commercial planes. This was the first attack this generation had seen. The hijackers had targeted the Pentagon in Washington, the Twin Towers in New York, and the White House, but it was never attacked. Around 3,000 people were killed during the attacks.
“I was so scared, the attacks happened so fast it felt like the world was ending,” expressed Jacob Fernandez, a sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice. “I remember seeing the smoke from the towers and all the people screaming and crying. You could see the fear in people’s faces which made it tough to think all that was happening.”
According to a study done by PewResearch Center, 97% of Americans between the ages of 8-19 during 9/11 remember exactly what they were doing during the time of the event. Many of them remember as if it happened yesterday. It brought a different perspective in the millennia’s eyes from that day forward.
“I thought the world was a good place before the attacks and now that I am older I see evil all around. The world is surrounded by negativity which causes more hate than love in the world,” said Guerra. Just like Kennedy’s assassination affected the baby-boomer generation, 9/11 affected every single millennial. In a 2011 survey, 75% felt that 9/11 affected them a great deal. In the same study 45% believe that the United States was doing a good job not letting another attack happen, 22% thinking America was lucky and 23% believing that America is difficult target to attack now.
Alex and Jacob both had similar responses when asked if it affected them as much. They both agreed that seeing the families on T.V. made it difficult because they could only imagine if their only family had to go through the same thing. It opened people’s eyes, made them think twice about traveling to big cities because of fear of another attack happening.
Another reason why this generation will not forget about the attacks is because they grew up with the United States being at war. There has been a year since that the United States wasn’t at war. It took the military 10 years after the attacks to kill Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the attacks.
Many of us remember this date because it changed our view of the world, brought fear to us about traveling or the mental images of the families that lost someone in the attacks can never be forgotten. No matter how many years pass; the millennial generation will always remember what happened on the day of September 11, 2001.