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Why Can’t 30% of America remember September 11?

1 May 2012 No Comment

According to recent news reports, as many as 30 percent of the American people cannot recall what year the infamous attacks of September 11, 2011 took place in. These results are from a major newspaper that took a poll of hundreds of people who heard about the attacks where the new world trade center is currently being built.

As the country is approaching the 11th anniversary of these attacks which took nearly 3,000 lives of our fellow Americans, it is now focusing on the same site where the new world trade center is continually being erected. The same poll found that while nearly a third could not remember the year of the attack, 95 percent of United States citizens asked in the same poll could successfully recall the month and the day of the attacks on Ground Zero and the Pentagon. Since there is such a disparity between the month and the date compared to the year, some people have asked this same question, especially as the new world trade center is currently being built in remembrance of these events.

Some people blame this memory lapse on becoming more senior. Breaking it down on an age basis, one will gain more insight. 48 percent who did not know the year of the September 11 attacks were aged between 55 and 65. 47 percent who failed to formulate a response were 65 or older. Even though the new world trade center is being used as as reminder of the horrific attacks, some people are startled because it is fairly recent history.

However, some people believe that because 7 out of 10 do remember the year, it is an amazing thing because people don’t remember much from their history classes or from paying attention to current events. This has been said even in light of such large undertakings like the new world trade center construction as a tribute to this historical event. Some people even think building the new world trade center buildings is a meek tribute and there should be an even greater respect to those who lost their lives through no fault of their own.

However, some people are very greatful the new world trade center buildings and celebrations are going to take place. They see the investors, the builders, and all the other unsung heroes working to make the new world trade center buildings and related tributes as a thing of selflessly and beauty.

Moreover, nearly 11 years after that tragic day, people are still wondering why is happened, but are glad to see the new world trade center buildings and auxiliary remembrances and celebrations have  renewed themselves and they are going to be re-birthed soon. In addition to the new world trade center having its own celebrations and remembrances, people distinctly remember what they were doing and how their lives changed and will always remember it for as long as they live. People have used and continue to use this day as a changing point and they point to the stress and the emotion invoked on that day as part of the reason they remember the month and the day, but not the year it happened.


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