Over the past 60 years, there have been many events that have shaped the United States, such as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America.
In a survey of Americans conducted a year after the 9/11 attacks, 97% of Americans remembered where they were or what they were doing that morning, according to Pew Research.
Strong memories of September 11 persist even decades later. In a 2021 survey, 93% of Americans over the age of 30 said they remembered what they were doing when the attacks occurred. The survey found that young adults were less likely to remember where they had been. The survey revealed that 43% of people aged 25 in 2021 can remember where they were.
Pew said, “The 9/11 attacks had a devastating emotional impact on Americans. But as horrific as the events of that day were, 63% of Americans said they could not stop watching news coverage of the attacks.”
By comparison, Pew found that among those old enough to remember in 1999, about 90% of Americans said they could remember where they were when Kennedy was fatally wounded in 1963. About 87% said they remembered where they were when they found out about Princess Diana. dead.
And about 86% can remember where they were during the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Pew said that 85% of those old enough to remember remember where they were during the Pearl Harbor attack. About 67% remember where they were during the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Remembrances will be held across the United States on Monday to commemorate September 11, 2001. Many states will observe a moment of silence on Friday morning and flags will fly at half-mast in honor of the nearly 3,000 people who died that day.