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Area students get a lesson in the 9/11 attacks


New Orleans, La. - For more than a decade we've been reminded to never forget, but there's a new generation who can't even remember the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Memories of that day 12 years ago for many people are still haunting.

"I was at work when it came across the news," one man said. "It was the worst day in our history, to be honest with you."

"It was so unreal, it was like our hurricane experience," said a woman, still in disbelief. "It was something so unusual and unbelievable."

Another man had a vivid memory of the day for another reason.

"My now 12-year-old was born on 9/11 that morning," he said.

People born on that day or a few years before don't have the images of those towers etched in their minds. They have to be taught how big that day was.

A class of juniors and seniors at L.B. Landry Walker were in kindergarten when the towers fell.

"Just imagine we're sitting here right now, and we're looking out the window, and you see a building just blow up," said Academy Director Ingrid Muse to a class full of students. "Just think about your emotions."

Muses referenced pictures and stories from that day that are now in textbooks.

"When Miss Muse told me over 2,000 people died, it made me think, life is short," said Courtney Duperon.

The class read out the number of people who died: 2,749 lives lost.

"It's really important to make it relevant to them, since they were 4 and 5 years old at the time," Muse said.

Anthony Vick was just 5 years old on 9/11. He said his aunt was in the World Trade Center that day.

"Her son was drafted for the New York Jets," Vick said. "She had to go to the World Trade Center, and an hour or so later she had died."

The students will study more about the terrorist attack that changed America, but Muse has one message for the students to remember.

"Courage and resolve," she said. "If you take anything away from this day, please take away that we, the American citizens, have courage and resolve."


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