The Day That Changed Our Country :: Remembering The Victims of 9/11

I’ll never forget September 11, 2001. I was in the eighth grade and after arriving at Powell Middle School from my morning dance class, I, along with my dance classmates, were greeted in the hall by our security officer.   

I remember him asking us, “did you all hear about the plane crashing into the building?” We all shook our heads, thinking that he was crazy. As a kid and at that time in my life I didn’t know anything about terrorism or the World Trade Center.

I went into my first class of the day (which ironically was Social Studies) and my teacher, Ms. Paige, had the television on the news and everyone in my class watched silently.

That was 11 years ago.

Today, thousands will gather at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa. to remember those who were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. An official commemoration will begin in New York this morning at 8:39 ET at the National September 11 Memorial plaza. The plaza once held the twin towers but is now home to two memorial pools dedicated to the attack victims.

The 9/11 attacks affected everyone in this country and has truly changed the way we live.

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