Wednesday September 11, 2013
Most of us likely remember very well exactly where we were at when we first heard the events of the day America was attacked on 9/11.
Four Wichita State students sitting in the Rhatigan Student Center recount their memories of that day.
They were all students in Maize Elementary schools, ranging from kindergarten to third grade 12 years ago. But even at those young ages they could discern something was wrong.
WSU Junior Jeff Chapman was a third grader then.
Chapman says, "I remember I'd just got to my class. I'd decided to walk through the library that morning." Chapman says the librarians were staring at the television.
He says, "And they were sitting there and they looked nervous and they were crying and I stopped and I watched. And I saw one building on fire. I didn't really know what it was. I continued to my third grade class. As soon as we sat down they came on the intercom that we were supposed to get back on the buses and go home. So it was a rough day for everybody."
Alex Bacon now a freshman was in kindergarten then. Bacon says, "It was definitely a weird time. I remember my dad came home from work early. We all just sat on the couch. They explained to me what happened. And I just remember being kind of scared. What else is going to happen and where else in the country and everything?"
WSU Freshman Andrea McEwen was in the 1st grade. She says, "I remember going home and my parents being all ... I think they were crying."
Eric Thornburg says he couldn't help notice all the 9/11 comments and postings on social media sites including Twitter and Instagram.
Chapman says, "I think the most important thing for us is we're kind of that last generation that actually knew what happened. We didn't have to learn anything about it afterwards. We saw it happened and learned about it in the moment."