Young adults today remember Sept. 11, 2001—but not with the clarity of adults who knew what was happening when the World Trade Center buildings were hit 10 years ago this month.
"I thought someone said it was a train station," says 21-year-old student Ryssul Al-Shimary, who was in seventh grade at the time of the tragedy. "People were being pulled out of class, and I didn't understand until a few days afterward."
But while youth couldn't fully comprehend what was happening then, it has affected them profoundly in the 10 years since—particularly those who are Muslim and Arab-American. They've grappled with issues—prejudice, terrorism, hatred, fear—far beyond their years. And they've felt the aftermath in ways they could never have anticipated as they sat in elementary or middle school 10 years ago.
Standing on the cusp of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Dearborn Patch talked with local teens and college students about where they were, what they understood then, and how 9/11 has affected them ever since.