9/11 more than ‘OMG’ experience

A column by Mike Myer, executive editor of The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register 

WHEELING, W.Va. — Oh my God.

Many of us reserve the exclamation, no punctuation needed, for events that shock us to the core.

Like September 11.

It’s something of a prayer, really, of supplication that what you’ve seen or heard didn’t really happen.

But it did.

Nearly 15 years ago, Sept. 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists hit the United States in an attack as shocking and horrifying for many as Dec. 7, 1941 was for another generation. Nearly 3,000 people were killed. Another 6,000 or so were wounded.

It was one of those “never forget” times in our history, at least for those who experienced it at an age when they understood what was happening.

Ask a high school senior or even a college student about 9/11, however. Rare is the young adult among them who has much recollection…

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