Young Adults Reflect on 9/11 Memories and America After Terrorism

The aftermath of the 9/11 attacks left its mark on the country, including on some of the then-youngest Americans.

Now as young adults, many remembered Wednesday's anniversary in a different light.

12 years ago, many of the students we spoke with were in 1st grade, just 6 or 7-years-old when the Twin Towers fell and America began its War on Terror.

For most young adults, they remembered 9/11 in a simple way: bad guys attacked the country and people got hurt.

That's how many adults throughout the nation tried to explain a tragedy to then young, innocent children.

"Why are those buildings burning? What's going on? Why are people screaming? I didn't understand what was going on at the time. My mom tried to explain to me what was going on but at the age of 6 you really don't get-you don't understand things like that," said 18-year-old Morningside freshman Shelby Blomberg.

Now a college student, Shelby joins many others, like her, who have never experienced a nation other than the post-9/11 world we live in now.

"It just-- it happened so young and we've just kind of been in that state of mind ever since then, and so I can't imagine what it would be like without having that constant fear all the time," said fellow Morningside freshman Brook Schimmer.

For many other freshmen and young people of this generation, while they may not have understood the attacks then, now they say the nation is stronger and fighting for freedom.

An interesting point after talking with both Bloeberg and Schimmer was how they both remembered their parents trying to protect them from the reality of the situation to make them feel safe.

Now, they understand what they did and are thankful for their parents and the brave men and women who sacrificed to keep freedom alive.

And that's a freedom these students understand they can't take for granted.