Carter Bastien Essay
By: Carter Bastien
September 11th of 2001 is a day that will always be remembered as a day of tragedy and destruction in the United States. It was a day in which fellow Americans were killed in mass numbers and many Americans lost loved ones or close acquaintances. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, I was only in the 2nd grade but surprisingly I remember the day perfectly clear. I was naïve to most things going on around me, but even at the time of the attacks I knew the amount of terror and destruction that 9/11 would have on our country. I did not understand exactly what had happened at first, but slowly the puzzle began to come together the older that I got and my understanding of the event became much more clear.
It was a regular day by most standards and nobody could have seen the events coming that took place on that day. I remember perfectly sitting in Mrs. Tombaugh’s 2nd Grade class. We were in the middle of a discussion when a custodian came running into the room in panic. He immediately walked over to the TV and turned it on. Our entire class watched in awe as we witnessed the second plane running into the World Trade Center on live coverage. The teacher and the custodian seemed to be much more shocked than all of us were. This was because we were all second graders and were much too young to completely comprehend what was happening and consider all the repercussions that would come from this tragedy. The teacher turned off the TV abruptly, probably because she figured that it would not be appropriate for us to watch the deaths of thousands of fellow Americans die. I knew at the time that this was a horrible event, but I did not understand how many Americans actually lost their lives and what the ultimate cost of these terrible events would be.
I remember after the 9/11 attacks, going through a time period in which I was terrified of flying on planes and my parents would have to talk me through it and comfort me whenever we traveled anywhere by plane. This fear of flying that I developed was definitely in response to the 9/11 attacks because I had never previously had this fear. The attacks on our country not only physically scarred our country, but emotionally scarred it as well. The terrorists took away our feeling of safety and sense of freedom in our own country by attacking our trust in the public safety of the general public.
The 9/11 attacks were the most severe terrorist attacks that I have ever lived through and I am sure that they will be considered a major event by future generations. It is important for everyone to get their stories out about what they recall from September 11th, 2001 so that multiple views can be given and people who did not witness the events can relive it through other perspectives and understand how truly severe the attacks were. September 11th is a day that I will never forget and that I will constantly be reminded for every year on the anniversary of the event. It is a day that will remain in my memory forever.