FELLOWS: How 9/11 shaped my education on politics, prejudice, and loss – The Pioneer

This week, the Pioneer staff reporters were asked to write a reflective column in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a renowned historic event that was the primary example of terrorism in the United States and still remains the deadliest terror attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States.

As I pondered what angle to take in my reflection, I realized that I actually didn’t have any solid memories to reflect on from the actual day. I was born in early October 1998 and was just under three years old when the attacks occurred. My recollection of 9/11 comes mainly in the form of what I’ve seen indirectly through research of my own, social media and YouTube clips, as well as what my parents and family have told me about the event.

I can remember one of the first things I learned about when being taught the events of 9/11 was the staggering number of people that died as a result of the four hijacked plane crashes involved. The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and substantial long-term health consequences. Just this week, I learned that scientists and DNA analysts are still going through bone and tissue fragments from the crash to identify victims to this day.