Memories for Some, History for Others

By Pam Robinson

Sep 11, 2009 10:53am

ABC News On Campus reporter Brittny Krause blogs:

Somewhere in New York, a fire is still burning, left over from the historical tragedy that occurred  eight years ago today. The lives of those  who lived and experienced the death, the fear, the tears, and that horrific smell from the attacks of Sept.11 are seared by the memory but will never be fully understood by those  who are merely just reading about them in today’s history books.

Many students at the University of Florida, including myself,  have vivid memories of where we were when the first plane crashed into the first tower and exploded over Manhattan.

 “I can remember the exact place I was when 9-11 happened,” says UF graduate student Thomas Robey. “My friends mom called me out of class, because I did carpool with her and I went home and it was shocking to see what was going on.”

Our generation will forever be reminded of the vulgarity of that day while the next generation will only be able to read about the devastation of 9-11 through a textbook.

Danny Feder, a UF senior, says he was shocked the first time he saw the events of 9-11 in a textbook in one of his history classes at Florida. “It’s crazy that it’s in a textbook.  Not only did I experience it and not only am I still experiencing it but it’s now in a textbook that people are learning about,” Feder said.

Many other students were also surprised to see an event that seems like just yesterday in their daily college lesson plans. “I didn’t expect to see it so soon,” says UF Junior Mary Stone. “It’s kind of strange seeing historians almost take a historical look on it already because it does still feel so current.”

While I, along with the rest of the University of Florida student body, still find ourselves learning about the details that will determine how we live the rest of our lives, we will always understand what those written words in the textbooks to come actually mean.

As I embrace the future, this day will always be more than just a date on a calendar. Because of this day, I will always cringe when I see fire, say thank you when I walk by a member of the US military and selfishly be thankful that I have no memory of that horrific smell.

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