The Children of 9/11: 16 Years On
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Perhaps like many people, I find it hard to believe that 16 years have passed since the terrible events that took place in New York City, Arlington County, and Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001. Most of us can remember where we were when we heard or watched it all unfold—I was up late studying for a Developmental Psychology exam in Adelaide, South Australia—and the shock, disbelief, and heightened alert we all felt months after that tragic day; even, in my case, in as far away a place as Australia. Psychological studies have shown that memories about 9/11 and other publically-experienced events can be distorted and altered over time. However, few of us would argue against the idea that 9/11 is an indelible part of our collective history, and those ramifications for individuals, families, communities, and the wider world are felt to this day. In this way, I think it must be more than a decade-and-a-half on because the world seems to be a very different place, and so much has happened in that time.