WCAX-TV “The 9/11 Generation”

A look at the terrorists’ attacks on New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, PA, through the memories of young Lubin sophomore Jarid Raftery, who was 10 years old at the time.

September in Vermont is traditionally filled with stories of leaves changing colors and kids heading back to school. But on a bright September morning 10 years ago, the story for many young Vermonters was one of sadness, uncertainty and fear.

Eighty miles north in Richmond, then-10-year-old Jarid Raftery learned of the attacks when he found his mom in tears.

“My mom was sitting on the couch watching TV crying,” Jarid recalled to a reporter from his Burlington, Vermont, hometown TV station, WCAX. “And I was with my sister and her two friends and we were basically asking her, what’s wrong, what’s going on?”

For a little boy used to playing in the park behind his home in a setting fit for postcards, the attacks were scary, too.

“Especially here in Vermont, we all feel really safe, it’s a great environment, it’s a great place to grow up. So to see that happen even somewhere like 6 hours away, it was just scary for us, definitely scary,” Jarid said.

Jarid memories of the attacks on New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pa., are like so many others who watched the horrors through young eyes.

The Rafterys stayed glued to the TV.

“We went and sat down and watched it with her and were just watching this catastrophe happen,” Jarid said.

Jarid’s mom, Ayeshah Raftery, was a flight attendant at the time. She’s from New York City and couldn’t keep the tragedy from her kids.

“A lot of parents were deciding whether to tell their children what was going on, but I needed to tell them what was going on because we had family there,” she explained.

The Rafterys were spared– their family was OK. But a decade later Jarid still thinks of the thousands who died that morning.

“It was almost hard to believe that two of the tallest buildings that I have ever seen in my life don’t exist anymore and that all of those offices and people who worked there, were there every day and essentially spent their lives there are now dead or very injured or escaped by the skin of their neck, basically,” Raftery said.

Stories and images from 9/11 did not stop Jarid from leaving Vermont and heading to college in the city home to the largest terrorist attack the United States has ever seen.

“It looks unreal and you go there today and this is not what you see,” Jarid said.

Jarid is a sophomore at Pace University, a short distance from where the twin towers went down.

“I walk by it all the time and I always just see the gates and every time I look at that area, it just brings back instantly that memory,” he said.

He was at ground zero last spring when Osama Bin Laden, the man behind the Sept. 11 attacks was killed by U.S. forces.

“It was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever been through in my entire life,” Jarid said.

An experience that continues to shape the 20-year-old’s 9/11 story.

“This one man stood up on the gates of ground zero that said, I’m Muslim, don’t panic and led everyone in the crowd in singing the pledge of allegiance, saying the pledge of allegiance and singing that national anthem,” Jarid said.

Ten years later as the bright September skies return, Jarid knows the 9/11 memories he shares with other young people will not fade.

“It clicks for everyone, something inside of them definitely changes and shifts and it is something that as Americans we can all relate to and definitely bond over,” he said.

MEDIA ADVISORY: NYC Press Center for Journalists Covering 10th Anniversary of Terrorist Attacks Announced by Pace and National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center

Pace’s Multipurpose Room will be transformed into a newsroom for reporters worldwide covering the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 10am – 8pm; Sunday, September 11, 7am – 7pm

WHERE: Pace University (east of City Hall; blocks from the World Trade Center site).  Use Pace’s Spruce Street courtyard side entrance for Multipurpose Room.  Directions to Pace’s NY Campus

WHAT: High-speed wireless Internet access, workspace, pool broadcast on large-screen monitors, full-service cafeteria, snack shop and peer camaraderie. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Space granted on a first-come, first-served basis to those showing a New York City press badge or media organization credentials.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • We cannot help with parking. Call 212-NEW-YORK (639-9675) for more information, or visit www.nyc.gov/apps/311.
  • Pace’s Internet portal is robust and highly reliable, but due to construction in the neighborhood, we cannot absolutely 100% guarantee uninterrupted service.
  • To plan your trip to the 9/11 Memorial, use the online reservation system at www.911memorial.org

9/11 ON CAMPUS:  Highlights include: “Witness to Tragedy and Recovery”: Comprehensive exhibition of photos of the terrorist attack and subsequent recovery, a collaboration between Pace and the National Press Photographers Association; student candlelight memorial vigil on Sunday night (time TBD); interviews with Pace faculty experts on 9/11 topics

9/11 MEMORIAL MEDIA CONTACTS: Michael Frazier: office 212-312-8800; cell 347-415-0219; mfrazier@911memorial.org;  Sarah Lippman: office 212-312-8800, cell 646-703-4503, slippman@911memorial.org

PACE MEDIA CONTACTS: Christopher T. Cory: office: 212-346-1117; cell 917-608-8164; ccory@pace.edu;  Samuella Becker: office: 212-346-1637, cell 917-279-5419; sbecker2@pace.edu

Reuters – “New York finally sees progress at Ground Zero site” – Dr. Richard Shadick

As the ninth anniversary of 9/11 approaches this Saturday, Dr. Shadick reflects on the anger and anxiety over the proposed mosque near the site of the former Twin Towers and the need for a physical memorial in a sacred where people can honor their losses. The Reuters article has been picked up by hundreds of websites worldwide including FoxBusiness.com, ABCNews.com and Yahoo.com.

As the ninth anniversary of 9/11 approaches this Saturday, Dr. Shadick reflects on the anger and anxiety over the proposed mosque near the site of the former Twin Towers and the need for a physical memorial in a sacred where people can honor their losses.  The Reuters article has been picked up by hundreds of websites worldwide including FoxBusiness.com, ABCNews.com and Yahoo.com.

“Some of the anxiety and anger over the plan for a mosque near Ground Zero is fueled by the lack of completion of the 9/11 memorial, and to some extent the fact that (al Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden is still at large,” said Richard Shadick, director of counseling and professor of psychology at New York’s Pace University.

“A physical memorial in a sacred place where people can honor their losses, I believe, would help quell the pain experienced right now,” Shadick said.

Read the complete text online at http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0812292520100909