"I remember it was picture day at my school. I was ready to take my picture when my teacher told me I was going home."
My Memory of 9/11
I was in third grade at the time. I remember it was picture day at my school. I was ready to take my picture when my teacher told me I was going home. I went back to class for my belongings and went to the office. When I got there, I also found my neighbors there. One of their mom’s picked up all 5 of us and took us home. She said to leave the blinds of the van shut. I was so confused. Then she said that the Twin Towers got bombed. She said that we had to keep the blinds closed because there was an expected attack for downtown Los Angeles. Like it really was going to protect us. I was so innocent, I didn’t know what she was talking about. Then all my childhood neighbors began talking about it. Once we got home, every channel on the television had the attacks being shown. I couldn’t process what was going on. A week went by, all you saw was the coverage of the attacks. I asked my grandmother why they continued to show it. She said nothing to me, but the horror and gratitude on her face said it all.
— Genesis P.
Los Angeles, Calif.