Ten years ago, I remember waking up and turning on the radio as a part of my normal morning routine. I was 11 years old and understand what was being said on the radio, but didn’t quite grasp the true importance of this event. For some reason I felt like this was important enough to tell my mom, so I ran into her room and told her while she was getting ready for work. My family and I lived in Arizona so by the time we all woke up, most of the events were just beginning.
I continued with my normal routine and before I got in the car, I saw some footage on the TV of the World Trade Center. My grandma drove my brother and me to school, but when we arrived staff and faculty were in the parking lot, telling parents and students to go home and spend time with their family. Looking back, I really do not see how big this attack was, but everyone else around me did. I knew people died and New York City was a mess with the destruction of the towers. I didn’t realize the history and background of the attacks and why it happened.
Now I am 21 years old and I can’t help but look back on the effect 9/11 has on my life and my the lives of those in my generation. As time went on after September 11, I began to understand more, as the world and media put an emphasis on conflicts with Middle East. That time from middle school to high school is drastic and I think 9/11 changes how we all live and how we grew up.
When I think about how far the nation has come, I think about the affect 9/11 has had on my generation. When the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden earlier this year, hundreds of college students gathered in the streets of Mizzou’s Greek town to celebrate the death of someone who brought pain to their country. It was fascinating for me to see this and how so many young people rejoiced at this death. I didn’t know if I should be happy, sad, grateful, or feel nothing because I am journalist. But my generation has grown up with a constant focus of the United States in the Middle East and Bush’s “War on Terror.” I’m interested to keep watching my generation as we grow older and how this shapes news and the audience.
Today, at KOMU-TV, I travelled to Jefferson City to cover a 9/11 parade, where children, families and veterans gathered to commemorate those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 and those who are still protecting the freedoms of America.