Buffalo, NY (WKBW) If you ask a high school age kid what they were doing on September 11, 2001 they will probably tell you they were just starting kindergarten or first grade. For the past decade the first few weeks of school have often included 9/11 memorials and moments of silence. Even though these teens were to young to fully understand what had happened that day, most remember where they were and the emotion they felt from the adults around them. "I just remember it being really quiet..the day it happened all the teachers were really quiet and my teacher..she tried to keep the vibe up but you could tell something was on her mind.", says Zoe Lohnes, a junior at the Charter School for Applied Technologies.
Every year on the anniversary of the deadliest terror attacks on U.S. soil , Kenmore East High School has a day long memorial set up for students to visit and a moment of silence. The meaning of the day is clear to Victoria DePonceau, "I always think about all the people that died and how every one of those people were a mother or someone to somebody."
Educators say they often emphasize how this terrible moment in American history had it's heros, the first responders, who rushed to help others, and in many cases, gave their lives to try and save others. "I hope they are proud to be an American. I hope they are very proud to be part of something that really united our nation together. I hope that they are proud of firefighters and police men all over the country.", says Nadine Williamson, an assistant principal at the Charter School for Applied Technologies.