posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 01:35 PM
From the outbreak of World War II, the assassination of President Kennedy, the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the 9/11 attacks, every generation has some
momentous event which stays with us and more often than not changes the world or the way we look at it.
I just thought i would create this thread for people to share their experiences of significant events or moments which they remember and which for
them defined their generation.
For me personally, the one i remember most is 9/11. I had gone round to my friend's house, as i came through the day i saw the tv and one of the
towers burning. I watched in disbelief as the second plane slammed into the South Tower.
I was only around 13 but i recall thinking that it might have been the Russians, which was ridiculous and just goes to show how much i knew about
world politics and the like.
Afterwards when it became apparent that it was a terrorist attack, it seemed strange to me. Strange in the sense that to me, terrorists were something
in a Tom Clancy computer game or an Arnold Schwarzenegger film. On that particular day my school was shut for teacher training. The next day at school
everybody was talking about it. I remember a conversation in which my class agreed that basically every single country in the world from Brazil to
Switzerland would join forces and stand with the U.S.A and defeat whoever was responsible. Little did we know it wasn't that simple....
Following on from 9/11 there is also the invasion of Afghanistan and the Iraq War. Although relatively recent, it is no understatement to say they
have had a major impact. I recall watching with my Dad as Tony Blair addressed the country saying UK armed forces were being sent to Afghanistan and i
can remember the invasion of Iraq. I had the tv on in the morning and i remember watching the footage of a U.S ship fire cruise missiles.
Another event which i can vaguely remember is the death of Princess Diana. I was around 8 years old, but i can remember it and i also remember her
funeral and the massive outpouring of grief by the public. Although i was only young i was well aware of who Diana was.
In years to come i am sure i will include Michael Jackson in that list. I have a knack for remembering when certain famous people died. For some
strange reason i can recall when Marlon Brando died and even Frank Sinatra even though i was only 9 years old and i wasn't even into Frank Sinatra.
Anyway what events or moments do other people remember?