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Growing number of Wisconsinites feel 9-11 is ancient history

A woman looks out at New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center from inside the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial at Liberty State Park in
A woman looks out at New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center from inside the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial at Liberty State Park in

SHOREWOOD, WI (WTAQ) - It seems like yesterday to many of us -- but to a growing number of Wisconsinites, 9-11 is ancient history. 

Shorewood High School student Micaela Gayner was just 2-years-old when terrorist planes toppled the World Trade Center in New York and damaged the Pentagon near Washington. She tells WTMJ in Milwaukee that she asked her teacher in third grade what the significance was -- and the teacher didn't know, either, so Micaela had to ask her parents. 

Wednesday is the 12th anniversary of 9-11, which means that even 30-year-olds can easily remember TV images of the rubble at Ground Zero, and fears that Wisconsin gas prices would jump sky high that night. 

That only happened at a few stations -- and those owners were fined by the state for gouging people on perhaps the darkest day they could remember. 

Shorewood student Mary Grace Wagner said one of her earliest memories of world events was when Osama bin Laden was killed -- and that was after President Obama took office.  

Shorewood freshman history teacher, John Jacobson, says he and his colleagues now treat September 11th like history. That means growing numbers of kids are learning about it from school history books -- where recent generations learned about Pearl Harbor and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 

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