9/11 – 20 Years Later


On 9/11 I don’t know where you were, whether you were working or not, or whether you were just in college at the time, or newly married, but I was a little kid. I don’t remember much about 9/11, that’s because I was young, but I do remember watching all the news coverage and seeing all the photos after the fact and it made me feel sad for all the families who lost their loved ones. It shocked me that something like this could happen on American soil.

As I look back 20 years on all the news channels they always show the same photos, so I rely on those photos of people and the stories of people who were actually there to remember 9/11. All I can remember is people’s shock and horror on all the news channels and this was before I went to school, because this happened right before I started to go to school. I was lying on the floor at the time watching the news coverage. We lost 2,996 people that day. Often I wonder what they would be doing right now if not for 9/11.

The reason why we all should care, why we should remember the people that died, is so that they don’t get left out of the American Story. Here’s why I believe that what happened on 9/11 is important to remember. Lots of people probably remember what happened on 9/11, but most of the kids now were not born. They were born after 9/11. My point is that we should never forget those people, or the active responders, or all the servicemen and women who joined the army after 9/11. I think it is also important to remember all those people that died on that day. That they get remembered not just on 9/11 but everyday. It is important for all of America to take a step back and realize how good we have it because in other parts of the world they don’t have it as good as we do.

My overall point is that we should be thankful for what we have and we should not forget the past, but we should also look towards the future.

Jimmy Freels
Community Outreach Associate
Compassionate Atlanta

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