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Where were you when...?
20 Sep 2001
9/11/01 A perspective from a 17 year old High School Student. What is to come? What can we learn from past generations? I want to make it clear that I love America. Although I point out the problems and mistakes our country has made alot, I feel that is a very patriotic thing to do.
Where were you when…?
By Garrett Quinn

Every generation has a “Where were you when….” moment. An event that was so historically significant that people of later generations asked you “Where were you when ________?”
If you’re in the Greatest Generation, you’d fill in the blank with the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Maybe you were just getting out of bed, or getting back from church.
If you’re in the Baby-Boomer Generation, you’d fill in the blank with the Assassination of President Kennedy. Maybe you were at school at the time and an announcement was made over the P.A. system. If you were home or let out early you may remember Walter Cronkite losing his composure, live on television, overcome with grief.
If you’re a Generation X-er you could fill in the blank with the Challenger Disaster. Odds are if you grew up in New England you were watching it live, on television, possibly in school or college.
This past Tuesday my generation had its awful and sad “where were you when…?” moment: The Attack on the World Trade Center. I will never forget where I was and what I was doing. I will never forget the feelings I felt when I first saw the World Trade Center burning. I will never forget the shock of watching the two towers crumble to the ground. I knew from that moment on the world would never be the same.
Each of these generations has had its awful & sad moments. Three of these generations have also had their great & happy moments.
The Greatest Generation overcame the shock, sadness, and anger of Pearl Harbor by uniting the Country together in a fight against the Axis powers. Led by the rallying cry of “Remember Pearl Harbor!” the Allied Powers, led by the United States defeated fascism and went onto win World War II. Which is why that generation is named the Greatest Generation.
The Baby Boomers were challenged by President Kennedy to put a man on the Moon before the decade was over. Six years after Mr. Kennedy was killed, the Baby Boomers met his challenge. On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon.
Generation X saw the worst disaster in the history of American space exploration. Many saw the disaster happen right before their eyes and couldn’t believe it. This struck a blow to the country’s pride. Generation X spread the American ideals of freedom, liberty, and Democracy by helping those who brought down the Berlin Wall, the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain over Europe, and the Soviet Union itself.
Now, my Generation has seen the worst event in American history since the Civil War. It is now our turn to overcome grief, sorrow, anger, and strife. We must channel our emotions into something constructive, not destructive. We must use history as our guide into the unknown. It is up to us to carry the American spirit forward.
It is now our moment to rise up from the ashes bigger, stronger, and smarter than ever before. It is now our chance to contribute something great to our beloved country.
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