Auraria students remember 9/11


Posted Sun, Sep 11, 2011

VOICES: Auraria students recall 9/11 tragedy.

Many young adults were children when the 9/11 attacks took place. However, many still can recount the day. MSCD freshman, Mohamed Elbashirir recalled his feelings on the tradgedy. Born Jan. 4, 1992, Elbashirir was only 9 years old when the attacks took place, but he is still deeply affected. – James Crussell

“I was here in the United States, but I remember my parents were talking about it and it was all over the news,” Elbashirir says. I feel like the events gave Islam a bad name. Islam is a religion of peace, which is what Islam literally means in Arabic. Many people criticize and have wrong beliefs because they haven’t done any research. In fact, there are many Arabs who are actually Christian or Jewish.

MSCD freshman, Mohamed Elbashirir says 9/11 gave Islam a bad a bad name.

“I don’t think that America should forget, there were a lot of families involved on both sides. This should be a war on terror and not Islam,” Punctuating his point, Elbashirir adds terrorists do not define an entire culture and religion.

Tyler Vogel, a 20-year-old Metro State student says he remembers that day even though he was young at the time. — Matthew Magestro / K. Matt Duffy

“I was in third grade at the time and I remember coming down the stairs and seeing buildings smoking,” Vogel says. He adds that he didn’t know what was going at the time or how significant the events were. “I didn’t really get affected too much, just because I was so young and we didn’t have family out in New York.” However, his view on terrorists changed along with the rest of the country. “It’s made me aware of terrorism and Islam and all that stuff, but otherwise, not really much has changed.”

UCD student Zack Sakowicz, 20, believes the 9/11 attacks were indeed done by terrorist. However, years of reading and watching movies of the many conspiracy theories, Sakowicz says American leaders must have had previous facts of the attacks, and may have been responsible for them. — Shaw Martin

UCD student Zack Sakowicz believes U.S. must have had prior knowledge of the attacks.

“We weren’t terrorized, even though we were attacked. America must have had prior knowledge on the incident,” Sakowicz says.
 Sakowicz was 10-years-old when 9/11 happened.
“I first heard about it in my mom’s car,” he adds. “But really, I wasn’t sure what was happening or the severity of what was happening to America. Once I got into class, we watched it on TV for a couple hours until they shut it off. Bin Laden has been said to lead the attacks, but isn’t it strange he was also a CIA operative? When he died, I didn’t feel anymore safer or feel any relief. All he was, was a villain the media created and was portrayed as a scapegoat. It’s sick the amounts of people who were and still are celebrating a person’s death like that. When they obviously knew nothing about the guy on a personal basis.”

Shontai Martinez, 22-year-old sophomore at Metro State College of Denver, remembers Sept. 11, 2001 as a day full of fear and uncertainty. She remembers hearing the news on the radio, and not understanding exactly what was happening. — Nikki Work

“I was on my way to school. I was in sixth grade,” Martinez says. “I thought the world was coming to an end.”
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Martinez recognizes the importance of remembering one of the most devastating days in United States history.
“I think it is right to remember and have anniversaries. It keeps people reminded and on their toes. I feel like our security has gotten better, and everyone is more aware.”
Martinez takes comfort in recalling the heroism and humanity that emerged that day.
“I think there’s lot of people who made sacrifices. Even civilians sacrificed their lives to save others. It’s good to know there are people out there that would do that for someone they don’t know.”

Tabitha Stanton, an 11-year-old 6th grader, sat in a computer lab as the events took place. Her middle school was in Dayton, Ohio. Stanton remembers hearing the 8th graders upstairs watching the planes hit the twin towers. Stanton says shortly thereafter, all the students were told of the events that had just taken place over the school’s intercom. Because of the tragic occurrence, all the students were then sent home. — Kevin Rostad

UCD student, Tabitha Stanton was 11, when the planes hit the twin towers. She says the events of 9/11 haven't affected her too much.

At home, Stanton remembers all her neighbors were in the street talking about what was happening around the Eastern United States. All of a sudden, a sonic boom shook the neighborhood and everyone who was in the street made a mad dash for their homes.
“It sounded like a bomb or another plane,” Stanton says. “Obviously the people in the area were very frightened as they were all aware of the happenings across the country.”
The sound that rattled the neighborhood was actually Air Force One taking off from the local airport. Stanton says she does not feel that those events have affected her too much, as she was too young to fully understand the situation. All she can say is that she understood that everybody was very sad over what had happened. She travels by plane about twice a year and says that she never really thinks about those events while she is flying.

Sept. 11, 2001 brought about a mixture of emotions, tears, sorrow, pain, and lose for thousands of people. To this day, Alyssa Beiss, 28 years old and a Metropolitan State College student studying, Therapeutic Practices, remembers 911 as if it happened yesterday. — LeAndra Fagen

“I was driving to school and was wondering why stations weren’t playing music,” she says. A New York native, and in New York City during the attacks, Beiss was completely shocked and scared. She says it became more shocking when she found out a close friend of her mother, a firefighter was being sent into the Trade Center.
Beiss’ parents worked miles from the Trade Center, and the fear of something happening to either of them completely changed her day. As it would and did thousands of other people in New York as they awaited phone calls from their loved ones to reassure then that they were safe and OK. Sept.. 11, 2001 didn’t change Beiss personal life, but rather, “flying became a pain in the a…” she says. The security at the airports became outrageously insane and next thing you knew, flights were being cut off from flying on 9/11. “I don’t understood why we went to war with Iraq when they weren’t the ones who did this. We should have protected our homeland instead. I am not for war. More innocent lives were lost in Iraq from us than the 9/11 attacks.”

Every American had a different reaction to this tragedy, but for kids the event was faraway and hard to comprehend. — Caitlin Sievers

Criminal justice major, Dom says he feels safe since 9/11 because of Marines like his friend Nate.

Dom, a criminal justice major at Metro, and former MSCD student Nate were just 6th graders on Sept. 11, 2001.
After seeing his teachers’ and classmates’ responses to this terrible event, Dom says,“I really just wanted to go to lunch.”
Nate was just waking up when he heard about the terrorist attacks. The explosions and destruction captivated him.
“I was amazed,” he says.
Neither Dom nor Nate say they are scared to fly. Nate, is now a Marine, and is scheduled to be on a flight today. Dom says he feels, “a lot more safe,” since 9/11 because of all the, “guys in Afghanistan.” The work of Marines like Nate make Dom feel safe.

Community College of Denver student, Troy Clark, 23, spent his Sunday afternoon reflecting back on the tragedy that occurred and traumatized the U.S. — Cherise Scrivner

“I think it is just unbelievable to this day. It creep’s me out looking back to the 9-11 Trade Center attacks.” Clark, was a seventh grader at the time. “I distinctly remember I was in my mom’s living room watching the news. I turned on the T.V. to check sports highlights. It was a strange day I could sense, it was one of the very few times I turned the T.V. on in the morning before classes. I turned the television on, and immediately witnessed live the second plane colliding into the World Trade Centers.” “I could not believe what my eyes were watching, I was very confused.” Clark says, throughout classes that day, students watched the news closely, as it aired in almost every classroom. “You could see the sadness and sympathy in everyone’s eyes, we all felt compassion for those affected and lost by the tragic event. The hardest thing to accept, was there was nothing anyone could do to erase the Sept. 11, events.”

For MSCD student KoKo Olsen, 22, Sept. 11, 2001 is not a depressing day, but a joyful day. — Monica Green

It is a bitter-sweet day for me because it is my dad’s birthday. We have a party. We focus on my dad’s birthday and make it a good day instead of a sad day, which for some people it is hard to do. Now I am more cautious and not so carefree wherever I go or do. I have two boys ages four and one. I try to explain it to them that a lot of people died. I try to keep the [memory] of those who died and honor them.”

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