September 11, 2001
The anniversary stirs up memories for many all over the world. Almost anyone you run into can give a detailed recollection of the moment they found out America was attacked.
8:46 a.m. the first plane hit the World Trade Center it was the moment that changed a nation.
“I was on the radio, on Light Rock Z95.1and I was in the studio,” said Jay Lopez, Z95.1 Morning D.J.
“We were having a staff meeting that morning,” Lt. John Teixeira said, with the Albemarle County Police.
“I got phone call from my wife and she informed me to turn the television on,” said Charles Werner, Charlottesville Fire Chief, remembering that morning.
“I was in my chiropractic office,” said Charlottesville Mayor, David Brown.
“I got an email from my wife that said a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center,” remembered Frank Friedman, PVCC President.
According to medical experts there is a strong link between emotion and memory, meaning most people will remember that single moment.
Something very tragic like 9/11 or even the assassination of John F. Kennedy creates such a strong emotional reaction that many have a hard time forgetting.
“When you reflect or you get a cue or a clue in the environment it triggers you and takes you back kind of to the sensory experience of that particular time,” said Edward Kantor, UVa Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences.
This sort of reaction has to be caused by something that is truly life changing. However, doctors warn watching the tragic images over and over can cause harm.
“Remembrance is very important for recovery, but at the same time too much remembrance or re-living or recounting in detail sometimes can re-traumatize people,” said Kantor.
He added when people let their guard down so-to-speak and revisit that emotional time the sadness and depression can set back in.
Many feel remembering on anniversaries actually helps them move on. However, if each anniversary doesn't get any better, then doctors say professional help is needed.