Memories of 9/11 becoming history as new generation comes of age

By Matt Porter

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 12, 2013 at 12:19 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) When history teacher Susan Phelps explained the attacks of Sept. 11 to her senior government students, she knew she was likely talking to her final class with personal memories of the event.

"Ten years ago, kids really had many more personal connections to the event," Phelps said.

Anthony Pesce lived in Long Island and said his teachers were on high alert

"We're having a class discussion," Pesce said. "And a kindergarten teacher ran in and said, Turn the TV on!'"

He said his world was turned upside down.

"There were a couple jets that flew by my house," Pesce said.

Kaitlin Tagliaferri was in kindergarten at MacArthur Elementary.

She said all the kids were put into big rooms so some teachers could find out what was happening in New York City.

She said she was too young to understand America was being attacked.

"I don't think I had much of an understanding of what was going on," Tagliaferri said. "We do now because we've been taught about it each year."

Phelps said younger students following the senior class will have little to no memories of the events.

"They have less knowledge of it, less direct knowledge of it, and I think their memories are much fuzzier as time has gone on," she said.

Ricky Timmermans, another senior, said his father took him to memorials days after the attacks to help him understand what students after him must learn.

"They need to remember what happened was completely wrong," Timmermans said.