The Impact of 9/11 Attacks

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Samuel Mathis
04Nov12
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September 11, 2001 was one of the most tragic days in U.S. history. The attacks on the World Trade Center were absolutely hanis to say the least. The attacks took many people by surprise, including myself. That day made a tremendous impact on our country that still exist today and will probably last a very long time. Terrorism has been around for a many years; however, the terrorist attacks of 9-11 changed the United States forever.

The terrorists’ attacks of 9-11 did not have much of a personal effect on me due to the fact that I didn’t have any ties to the areas in which they took place. However, it did affect me emotionally and mentally. I was 11-years-old when the event took place. It was a normal day for a sixth grader at Camden Middle School. I remember being in my language arts class when my teacher turned on the TV to the news channel. Almost every channel was broadcasting this awful event. We watched as the World Trade Center was smothered in black smoke and surrounded by firefighters, police, and paramedics. We were just children so we didn’t know what to think. We couldn’t understand what happened or why someone would even do such a thing. It was hard to watch for most of us. Some of my classmates even cried. Shortly after the news circulated, students were being picked up by their parents. It was as if they were worried about the safety of their kids, even though were all the way in Georgia. Of course I was one of the few kids who stayed at school the entire day. Every day that followed seemed like a replay. People were scared, confused, and even angry. I still didn’t know what was happening or why it happened. I always thought that our country was untouchable when it came to things like that. I did have family that served in the military, like my father who was prior enlisted in the Navy. He had a better understanding of what took place. As an 11-year-old child I just listened to what everyone told me about 9-11,...
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