Edmond Children Speak About 9-11

Friday, September 9th 2011, 7:13 pm
By: News 9

Jamie Oberg, News 9

EDMOND, Oklahoma -- We all remember where we were on 9/11.  The images are burned in our memories, but what about the little ones?

As the ten-year anniversary approaches, the students of Mrs. Clark's 5th and 6th grade class at Oakdale Elementary Friday talked about what they know.

"I was like what happened on September 11th?" 5th grader, Tucker Willhoite said. "They were like the Twin Towers.  They got hit by an airplane and I was like 'whoa.'"

It happened when Willhoite and most of his classmates were just babies.

"What did you think when you saw and heard what happened? It was pretty scary," he said.

"My dad told me about it and I don't know how the conversation started, but he said he was there and he could feel the ground shaking.  He thought it was an earthquake, but it was the towers falling," Ruby Berryman said.

"Some of those airplanes had terrorists on them, we just learned about them hitting the Twin Towers and a whole bunch of people's lives being lost and the firefighters, some of their lives were lost too," 10-year-old, William Willhoite said.

"It's sad because all the people who died that day and when I went to New York this summer and saw the tower and it was really going well how it was going up," Makana Kingsley said. Kingsley visited the site of the Sept. 11th attacks this summer with his father.

"When we got there he told me to be quiet and just think about what happened," Kingsley said. "Overall it was very sad because all the people who died."

They've never known a life without the war on terror, but these kids are growing up to become a big part of the nation's healing process.

"It's a good thing to fill in the gap. It's important to remember but it's the past and it's time to move forward," Kingsley said.

"Are you scared now? My teachers say were safe and I know were safe so, no," Berryman said. "I feel fine, I know we're safe."

Although the students will never know that day like older Americans, they said going forward as they grow up, they will never forget.