For so many people Sentiment surrounding 9/11 Still going strong – even more than two decades later.
It also means that many adults today were not born at the time of the attack.
“I didn’t even live to see it,” said Olivia Holbrook, a 20-year-old junior from North Carolina.
This is the case with most students at our local university now.
Time has taken his generation away from the September 11 attacks. It also makes it difficult to understand how everyday life has changed after 9/11, because that changed world is the only one they know.
Still, Holbrook understands how it affects others who have experienced it.
“You have a feeling for the people around you who are affected by it,” Holbrook said.
Leslie Walker is also 20 years old. She remembers learning about the September 11 attacks at school.
“The morning before class, we’ll be quiet,” Walker said. “It’s really scary to think about [how] too suddenly. “
Cierra Diaz is a student at NC Central.
She is a non-traditional older student who was 4 years old when the terrorist attack happened. She remembers it because she was there.
“It was a terrible black cloud,” Diaz said.
She was walking with her family in her hometown of New York when the tower collapsed. They had to run to safety.
“A big cloud of dust fell on the street and obscured everything and everyone – it was pitch black,” Diaz said. “I just remember us and my dad being pushed to the corner store.”
That experience stuck with her – and the lessons she learned from it.
“Life is short, it can be gone in a minute, a second,” Diaz said. “There is no meeting tomorrow.
Diaz is now a sergeant in the army. She said she was keen to keep others safe and protect her country.