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How we remember 9/11

September 11, 2011

Ten years ago I was in fifth grade in New Jersey and watched curiously as students were pulled from class throughout the day. Through teachers’ whispers a friend and I grasped that there was a plane crash, but information regarding who was involved and where the event occurred were unattainable. Even once our parents disclosed this information what 9/11 meant for our nation, nevertheless our world, was still incomprehensible.

Today I read the news coverage of the tenth anniversary from Spain. It is strange to be in another country and reflect on this decade’s events. I admire news organizations’, such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, extensive coverage and variety of information. I am also taking full advantage of the Newsuem‘s website, which provides access to 633 front pages. I am intrigued by each newspaper’s choice of front page art and the mixture of mourning, tragedy, growth and strength each design connotes. While I believe The Arizona Repbulic‘s design best illustrates the headline “There’s a hole in the world,” I question if that headline truly captures today’s story.

Today’s story is not that America was attacked. That was the story ten years ago. Today’s story is not citizens remember. That has been the story throughout the decade. Today’s story is about a nation still searching for justice, about two cities that have risen from the ashes and how citizens have worked to recreate normalcy. It’s a story about citizens, especially Muslim Americans, struggling to define themselves. It’s how people have grown together in love and anger. The story is about how a generation was born into a society fearful of terrorism. The story is about how the attacks ten years ago shaped the people that constitute the country, because, at least in my opinion, it is the current state of the nation that reflects how we remember.

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