Gen Z is the newest of generations to be named and were born between 1995 and 2015, currently aged between 4 and 24 years old.
Asking people about the tragedy of September 11, 2001 three questions come to mind! Where were you? How did you find out? How did the event make you feel? These questions are directed to those who remember the devastation this impact had on our nation.
These types of questions are what bring people together. Trying to emotionally, mentally, and physical understand someone in a time of despair is the relation from one individual to the next.
Campuses across the nation had been advised to watch or listen to the news. The children that were born in 1994 aged at roughly 7 years old in 2001 could give factual information on what happened on September 11 in 2001 via both memories and school teachings. A child at 7 years of age is the earliest age that landmark memories are retained a theory starting from “When autobiographical memory begins“.
Teague Burchfield Pelahatchie’s head principal said, “I still had a sense of ‘am I safe’” continuing to watch 24-hour news channel for a period of time. The whole nation had this gut-wrenching thought in the back of their minds.
The teachings of 9/11 are being passed down to the younger population just like every other highlight in history, to educate the individual on what has happened in our nation’s past history while trying to reassure that it does not repeat itself. The importance this tragedy had on generation Gen Z is because of the significance it had on generations before them.
Being able to relate to someone or something as the three thousand people who lost their lives what brought the nation together in an act of unselfishness on September 11, 2001.