Remembering 9/11: Houstonians recount most impactful terrorist attack in U.S. history

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HOUSTON — Fifteenth years ago, America changed. Not just in how we felt, but also in how we looked at the world.

Nearly 3,000 people died on Sept. 11, 2001, and along with those victims, so did our innocence as a country.

“It was weird because it was on a TV,” Bob Lane, 31, said. “It wasn’t like I was in New York. But at the same time, it was a huge impact.”

Allison Carrington is a recent graduate from Baylor University.  In 2001, she was only a second grader and experienced the even mainly through the concerns of her parents, who are immigrants from Nigeria and Saint Vincent.

“(That day) definitely brought the American people together in a way that we weren’t as connected before,” Carrington said.

Katherine Robb added, “There was an increase in general kindness among strangers. I think I’d like to say that that still exists.”

Paulette Mawad Hogan said she’s not so sure.

“Before 9/11, I never thought of terrorism,” Hogan said. “It wasn’t even a thought in my mind. But definitely after 9/11 happened, there’s always attacks and it’s a pretty scary thing.”

Terrorism seems to be a popular conversation among American, especially our politicians.

“We need to wage this war against Isis from the air, on the ground and in cyberspace,” Hillary Clinton told Matt Lauer at this week’s Commander-in-Chief Forum on NBC.

Donald Trump urged with Clinton saying, “If we had a relationship with Russia, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could work together and knock the hell out of Isis?”

Big talk. But does it make Americans feel safer

Houston resident Roger Weaver says no.

“You always have to be alert and watch your back,” Weaver said. “You never can tell who’s gonna walk up behind you.”

According to a recent CNN poll, 50 percent of Americans believe another terrorist attack around this 9/11 anniversary is likely to happen.

“You don’t ever know,” Hogan said. “I think that they hit when they think nobody is going to be paying attention or trying to protect themselves.”

Jiang Zhang is more hopeful.

“I think it’s become safer, particularly in the U.S. Worldwide? I’m not so sure,” Zhang said.

Noble Jeffries studied at New York University after Sept. 11 attacks.

“When I’m down here in Houston, I don’t think about terror because nothing major’s happened here,” Jeffries said.

It’s seems bottom line is 9/11 changed us all.

“I just wish that people would stop attacking other innocent beings for absolutely no reason,” Hogan said loss for words. “It’s…it’s just devastating.”

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