Most people above a certain age know exactly where they were when the planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. And when 9/11 is discussed, they have tangible memories they can refer to, reflect on and share.
But how can you never forget when you weren't there? For anyone in their 20s or younger, their views of 9/11 are different. (link)
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With each Sept. 11 anniversary that passes, a smaller and smaller portion of the American public is old enough to actually remember the events of that day first-hand. Some 25% of the current population were born after the attacks -- or were too young to have any significant or meaningful memory of the day.
For those interested in learning more about 9/11, there are many resources. One is the Never Forget Fund. The Never Forget Fund is a campaign that supports the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s educational programs. In addition, they preserve the museum's significance as a sacred place of remembrance, reflection and education. And as their website states, much of their focus is educating the new generation.
“For a new generation, the hope, unity, and resilience we experienced after 9/11 are not memories lived, but history learned," the website says. "The 9/11 Memorial and Museum works to train teachers, educate students, and assist communities to understand the importance of the values we shared."
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