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17 Years Later, 9/11 Becomes a History Lesson

September 11, 2018 08:01 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Most school children weren’t alive when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 happened.

But on Tuesday, they were reminded of what we learned on that day and since.

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"We never experienced what life was like before, and it's shocking to see how everything happened," Grand Meadow high school senior Kaitlyn Hilton said.

It's a day that changed life as we know it. And 17 years later, the images and the lessons are still vivid.

"They all know about 9/11 but the impact on their life don't think they understand because this is the way it's always been," Bill Simpkin said.

What was once a study in "current events" is now a history lesson for the students in his American government class at Grand Meadow high school.

“They're the first class I've had that are post-9/11 birthdays. They're growing up in a world where terrorism is a fact of life," Bill Simpkins told us.

“Airport security and things like that, our students have no idea of how it used to be, and I guess it just gives them some perspective on why those things have occurred" principal Jake Schwarz added.

“Everyone came together in that time, it didn't matter your race or religion or if you got along,” 17-year-old Kaitlyn Hilton said. “Everyone was a whole, they just wanted to get through that tough time.”

But as events have moved from the front page to the history book:

"The patriotism that followed 9/11 was unbelievable. I think we've lost a little bit of that,” American Government teacher Bill Simpkins said. “We have to be vigilant, but there is a fine line between freedom and being vigilant. How much freedom are you willing to give up to feel safe."

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