Millennials remember September 11, 2001

Those who were just children when the attacks happened share what they remember most.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Some of the younger Millennials said they don’t really remember September 11, 2001, but feel the impact now. They were just kids when it happened.

"All I remember is like my parents like freaking out about it and like seeing it all on the news and stuff like that and it was like actually really scary,” said a young American University student heading into a campus building on Sunday.

“But you didn't know what was going on?” WUSA9 asked.

“No,” the student responded. “I didn't.”

This is a lot of what freshmen and sophomores, younger Millennials, described when trying to recall what happened the day of the 9/11 attacks.

"I was three years old when 9-11 happened and I don't remember much other than my dad calling a bunch of people,” said another student.

Some of those in the WUSA9 newsroom had similar experiences.

Now 25-years-old, Web Producer Marcel Warfield and Reporter Mikea Turner were in the 5th and 6th grades respectively.

"Were just like sitting in class and then all of a sudden, it was like everyone kept getting called home. So it would be like a different kid every two minutes,” Warfield said. “The PA was just going off over and over again and over again and we all thought it was funny.”

It wasn’t until hours later that he learned what actually happened, Warfield said.

Turner said her mother worked near the Pentagon and recalled being concerned for her safety.

"I don't think anyone in my class understood at the time what was going on,” she said.

Then, there's 26-year-old Assignment Editor Sharae Griffin.

"I can't remember who told us but of course when we found out, the whole class started crying,” she said.

Griffin said she attended Madeleine V. Leckie Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

She lost both a friend and a teacher when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

"It was like a hard pill to swallow as an 11-year-old. As kids we all started acting out after that,” she said. “It was just bad.”

Fifteen years later, Griffin said she thinks about the families of those victims. The loss of life is a wound that doesn't heal, she said.

"That fear still lives in me,” Warfield said, talking about anxiety he feels when traveling.

“The world really isn’t a safe place and I don’t know if I would be as cognizant of that if that hadn’t happened,” said Sara Mullen, headed to visit her sister at American University.


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