"It's pretty hard to bounce back from a tragedy like that. I wasn't alive but I can still see the effects from it today, and just see how much stronger people are now," said Columbus junior Clayton Saporito.
For the upperclassmen at Columbus Unified High School, 9/11 has been a day of remembrance as long as they remember. But they say it's also been a yearly reminder of how valuable our country's first responders are.
"It makes me grateful for all the firefighters who helped out and all the people who went to New York and helped," said senior Christie Napier.
These students are also aware 9/11 changed the way we travel, and they're thankful somebody's looking out for them when they're away from home.
"I travel a lot and so knowing that I can be safe whenever I get on an airplane, is a huge deal to me," said senior Izabell Smiley.
Obviously these students are too young to have vivid memories of 9/11, but their parents and other people in their lives have shared stories that have made an impact.
"My mother has told me that she was at the house getting my sisters ready for school, and that she was just scared and didn't know what to do because our nation had just been attacked," said junior Patrick Cassidy.
"My mom always talks about how she had me in her lap and she was just watching the television and she was scared," said Izabell.
"I know my mom was in a classroom teaching high school students. She said they were all just scared. It happened in the morning and they didn't turn off the news till they left school," said Clayton.
And while their families' 9/11 memories have made an impact on these students, so did our country's response to the attack.
"To me, it just shows that Americans are strong. They come together. To me they come together like no other country in the world," said Clayton.
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