Whether a person was nine years old or twenty-nine, most everyone remembers the fateful day ten years ago when several planes were hijacked, the twin towers in New York fell, the Pentagon was hit, and many, many lives were lost.
While Alaska is almost as far away as a person can get from those events, it still affects Alaskans as Americans. And with the student population consisting of students from all over the US, there are people who were affected even more.
On Sunday a decade will have passed, yet with those long years the vivid memories have also passed from many minds. Ten year anniversaries generally get a lot of attention, especially for an event this big. But as people look around for events, celebrations, speeches, even small commemorations, they will be hard pressed to find any at UAA, or even around Anchorage this year.
“The country mourned for years after the event, but I think now we have learned to move on and become stronger,” said student Tamara Larson. “9/11 just isn’t a part of everyone’s lives anymore. Students have more important things to worry about. The threat has been pretty much neutralized if you’ve been reading the news lately. People have settled down and stopped stressing over it.”
The few events that are occurring are attributing to a small audience.
Juneau will be holding a 9-11 memorial stair climb hosted by the national FireFighters Foundation. This event will have fire service members climbing 110 stories carrying equipment as a tribute to the fallen firefighters. Civilians are invited to attend as well.
The House of Harley is having a ride 911 miles from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Fairbanks to Palmer, and Palmer to Sterling to commemorate 9/11.
Anchorage Racing Motocross will be hosting a Never Forget Fundraising barbecue during their races.
“Most large non-profit organizations and anyone else who would even consider trying to do any sort of event or fundraising for it, have already done it so many times that it seems like they have run the people who care about 9/11 dry,” said non-profit organizer, Laramie Jenson.
With so many clubs and organizations at UAA, why is it so out of the loop?
“Because the official date is on a Sunday, limited parts of campus will be open and only for a short amount of time. Also, students don’t generally come to school on a weekend, so there would be little point of trying to host any type of event,” said Peter Franks.
While the fact is true, many students object saying that the even does not necessarily have to be hosted on the day of the event to remember it.
Marilyn Parson is one of those students, “Even though it’s on a Sunday, UAA should host something either the week before or even on the Monday after to show respect and remind students what we are fighting for in Iraq.”
The events that were spurred by the 9/11 attacks are still reverberating through our society today. Whether an official event is hosted or not, 9/11 is a piece of our history that will continue to have an impact for the next ten years and even the next 100.