Today’s Detroit Free Press asks the following question about September 11 remembrances:
I can’t address this from a large scale perspective, but I can talk about it in terms of the people I work with every day.
My students were 5 or younger when September 11 happened. To put that in perspective for my generation, that’s about the same age most of my peers were (if not older!) than when the Challenger exploded, or the Berlin Wall fell. Or a similar age that my parents were when Kennedy was shot and killed.
So no, I don’t have a good sense of what the general American populace feels about September 11. It is human experience to respond less emotionally to a tragic event the further it moves into the past, so I would assume collectively that we’re responding less emotionally as a people than we did, say, on the one or two year anniversary.
But always more shocking to me is that for today’s youth, this event is very loosely in their consciousness, where for those of us who are in our twenties or older, it is a profoundly formative experience.
It’s amazing how time changes everything.