9/11 Personal Memories Shared

 

Anneliese Kail
9/11 Q and A

Jennifer Kail, Mom

Q: Tell me about your personal memory of 9/11/01.
A: I was out walking with my friend, who had a walkman, when we heard that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. At first we didn’t think much of it, because it sounded as if it  was an accident. I didn’t yet realize the devastation it would cause, thus, we continued walking. When we heard that the second plane had hit, we instantly knew something was wrong. My first thought was of getting all my kids together from their schools so I immediately got in the car and headed out to pick them up. Since we didn’t own a TV at the time, we had to borrow a TV from my dad. Whenever we saw it on TV, that’s when the horror really sunk in.

Q: How do you think 9/11/01 changed America?
A: The immediate changes that I noticed were that people were holding what was dear to them much closer. As a nation, we were going through this tragedy together  which resulted in  people feeling much more united. In the long term, I think people didn’t feel as safe and felt more vulnerable and paranoid. We realized that we had taken our safety for granted.

Kate Zalewski, Greater Latrobe Senior High French teacher

Q: Tell me about your personal memory of 9/11/01.
A: I was in my second year of teaching. When the first plane hit, I was at school. The first thing I noticed was people running in the hallways and they were saying to turn on the TV. Naturally I turned on the TV and saw the tragedy. At the time, I was teaching at a school around the border of PA, NJ, and NY, so we were only about an hour outside the city. Because of this, the national guard was everywhere around the border. One thing that really stuck out was how quiet it was, since all the air traffic was grounded.

Q: How do you think 9/11/01 changed America?
A: It really changed the access people had at the airport and there was a lot more security everywhere.