Students and faculty gather together to pay tribute to those who died in 9/11. Members of the ROTC presented the flags and the National Anthem was sung followed by a moment of silence. EMMILIE BUCHANAN | Scroll Photography

Two planes crashed into the World Trade Centers in New York City on September 11, 2001. Eleven years later students at BYU-Idaho honor and remember those who lost their lives.
The tragedy of 9/11 affected the lives of those who lost love ones, but also classrooms across the United States.
“I was in fourth-grade at the time and I remember my teacher pulled us out of class to talk to the principal. We all knew something was different but we didn’t really know what was happening,” said Shannon McGrath, a junior studying elementary education.  “I just remember sitting there not understanding why everyone was set. It wasn’t until I got home and I saw the planes crashing into the building that I understood what was going on.”
Some of these students still remember their views of America changing in just one day.
“It was the first time that I felt humble about our country, because I was raised with such American pride,” said Makaal Smith, a junior studying exercise physiology.
Although many BYU-Idaho students were very young at the time of the tragedy, some still remember the moment that impacted their lives permanently.
“I remember being in class and watching a video of kids who were living in New York at the time and hearing their reactions to it really hit home for me,” said Katrina Schaelling, a junior studying child development. “I was in Colorado at the time, and I knew it was something horrible that happened, but I didn’t really relate it to my life until I heard people my age sharing their stories.”
According to some, unity and pride have brought the United States closer together; however, there are still negative effects of the attack in America.
“Looking at how other countries and cultures react, I realize how anti-Muslim Americans can be. I met some Muslims on my mission and they are very good people. There’s just a select few that want to blow the country,” said Nic Lecheminaut, a sophomore majoring in international studies.
Lecheminaut also said 9/11 had some positive effects.
“A good thing is that [September 11th] really drew the country back to God and religion. It’s good to remember God and who’s really in control,” Lecheminaut said.
Students expressed their gratitude and respect to those who died in the terrorist attacks during the tribute on campus last Tuesday.
“It’s amazing to have this chance to reflect and to see the impact it had again and remember the blessing we have to live in a safe country,” McGrath said.