9/11 survivor shares story with young audience
September 11th is a day that will be remembered forever. The tragic attack on the United States had a massive effect on the world. Within all of these large effects, there are countless stories of how people’s lives were changed that morning 14 years ago. One of these stories was told by Paul Ferretti, who shared his memories of the 9/11 attacks with members of Rho Kappa, along with other students interested in this first-hand account.
“I know everyone here [Columbus] was young when it happened, so you don’t really get a first-hand account of that day” said Ferretti, after giving a speech and answering questions about his experience. Ferretti was working as a Computer Engineer in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on the day of the attack. After feeling a rumble in the building, he and his co-workers evacuated the building and soon learned that a plane was the cause of the tremble. After the second plane impacted the South Tower; Ferretti realized that this was no accident. Ferretti spent the next few days digging through rubble and sleeping on the streets to stay close in case he could help any fellow survivors.
“I don’t want the younger generation to forget what happened back then,” he explained. He chooses to speak about his experience because he wants to ensure that young people understand and know how to react to similar events that they could face in their lifetime. Students responded well to the message, and will carry the knowledge throughout their adult lives. “It’s important to really listen and understand the magnitude and the importance of these events” said Miguelangel De Armas, Columbus student and History Club President.
Unfortunately, it is true that as time goes on, people begin to forget the importance and impact that events such as 9/11 had on the world. Columbus Freshman Zachary Janvier stated “It’s important to hear stories like this because they tell us about the past, so that we can make better decisions in the future.”
Danyel De Villiers produced the video section of this story