9/11 Through the Eyes of Kids Born in 2001


I was going to title this post, Remembering 9/11 but that would be wrong because 9/11 to me, is a history lesson. I was born in December of 2001, just three months after the horrible events that occurred fifteen years ago on 9/11. My generation will not remember it, but we can learn from it.

I was asked to participate in a round-table discussion on NPR’s Here & Now program last week. Myself and two other kids who were born in 2001 were asked to come on and talk about what we know and have learned from 9/11. It is part of a series Here & Now did, reflecting on 9/11 fifteen years later.

To hear the podcast of the round-table interview, click HERE. You can also access the other segments of the series on 9/11 there.

Although my generation will not remember 9/11, I can honestly say; we will not forget.

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18 replies

  1. Well said, E.

    Love and licks,

  2. Great job, Erik! Especially liked your excellent point about how we’re all more fearful of outsiders since the attack. Proud of you!

  3. Good work, Erik. I was born a long time ago, but after WW2, and nobody’s ever suggested I can’t ‘remember’ the fallen or the bravery in that. But we seem to have trouble remembering the lessons. Keep trying, though.

  4. I loved your post. The MG novel I reviewed recently “Towers Falling” was written for kids too young to remember. It is history for you, but it has had an influence on your life as you see what is going on in the world every day. You generation will be protecting our nation and its values and promoting peace tomorrow. I was born after WW II, so for me it was ancient history. I grew up in the 50s and it was a time of growth and innocence.

  5. Wow, Erik, you are so articulate and mature. You sound so much older than your age. Nice job with the interview. It was really cool to hear your take on 9/11 and also the other two kids in the round-table discussion.

    I hope and pray your generation and those to come never have to witness an attack on our country like 9/11. We have to “band together” like you said in the interview.

  6. Nice job, Erik. Your views were so well articulated. NPR made a good choice asking you on their show. Is there anything you do not do nowadays? Very proud of you my friend.

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