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9/11 is history for young people, but we who witnessed it will never forget

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Chicago Sun-Times

9/11 is history for young people, but we who witnessed it will never forget

They will never know what it felt like that morning to watch on TV as the Twin Towers came down. They will never understand the stunned silence that gripped the nation as we wondered, “What comes next?”

By Phil Kadner

Tears would come to my father’s eyes when he spoke of December 7. It was a special date to people of a certain age. One they would never forget. But as a young boy it didn’t mean much to me.

Yes, I had seen film of Pearl Harbor following the Japanese surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941 and knew what it meant. Heck, I had seen dozens of World War II movies by the time I was 7 years old.

But 18 years had passed since those 2,403 Americans were killed, launching our country’s entry into the war. For me, that might as well have been Gettysburg or Bunker Hill that Dad was talking about.

It was history. And so is Sept. 11, 2001 to anyone under the age of 18.

Read more: https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2019/9/10/20859083/9-11-september-9-twin-towers-phil-kadner-midway-airport-ellen-mariani