Students revisit morning of September 11(NEWS)

COLLEGIAN: September 13, 2011

By Krysta Worthen

Explosions. Screams. Sirens. Silence. Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania ten years ago on September 11, 2001. The silence ensued as the nation watched in shock at the way a group of terrorists had tried to demoralize Americans.

The ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country was Sunday, and the Saint Mary’s community came together to remember the victims and their families. The Saint Mary’s Republican Club, along with ASSMC, placed nearly 3,000 flags on the chapel lawn, one for each victim of the attacks. Because the victims were not all Americans, there are also flags from the countries of those international victims.

A few students shared their memories of these attacks. Harmony Negrin, a junior, was in the fifth grade in 2001. Before the attacks, Negrin’s teacher had assigned her a project: to listen to the news every single day, in one way or another. “On the morning of 9/11 I woke up and went out to join my mom in watching the news so that I had something to share with the class. When the news report came on, all it was for me was a homework assignment, something simple and trivial in my head, an exciting broadcast I could share with my classmates. Everything changed though when I saw my mom’s face.” Negrin’s homework assignment had turned into something much more.

“I remember the morning really clearly,” remembers junior Leah Hendrx-Smith. “I was home schooled (and in fifth grade at the time) and my mom and dad were at work, so I had work to do by myself. I remember turning on the TV and when I clicked though all the channels they all had exactly the same pictures. I was so horrified by what I saw and knew something huge was happening. As the second tower fell straight to the ground I felt sick. I knew it was much worse than I could imagine.”

The iconic images from that day are permanently ingrained in the memories of those who were alive to see that terrible day in history, and we will never forget.

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