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Children Reflect on What 9/11 Means to Them, How About You?

Students leave flowers at the only local memorial at a Cahuenga Pass park. Please leave your memories in the comments below or upload your own short video.

Can a fourth grader remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Well no, most of them are 9 years old, and the event was a decade ago this weekend.

But that doesn't stop all of them from having some kind of story.

Studio City resident who goes to , knows what happened that day because it is part of his family's history. His grandparents live two blocks away from where the World Trade Center stood. (His grandfather is character actor Mark Margolis.)

Aidan knew about the attacks from the time he was "little." His best friend Donovan Sylla said his mom had him inside her and decided to move across the country because of the attacks from Atlanta to California to be closer to family.

The plaque was installed by local as a memorial to the firefighters risking their lives at the scene. It was installed in 2005 on the anniversary of the attacks by the , a local civic group. There is no other commemoration to 9-11 in this part of the San Fernando Valley, so that is why the community put the plaque on this lone rock in a part of Ventura Boulevard.The plaque, erected by the local firemen covering Studio City in 2005, is in the El Paseo De Cahuenga Park in the Cahuenga Pass. 

The events of Sept. 11, 2001 are etched into the American psyche forever. As we approach the 10 year anniversary of that infamous day, Patch is looking to share your stories about how the terror attacks and the aftermath affected you personally.

Were you in New York (like our friend, the was) or Washington, D.C. on that day? Did you or someone you love join the military because of the attacks? Have you ever felt as if you were being profiled amid heighten security procedures? Has heightened security across the country affected you in another major way? Did you change political parties? Donate to a cause? March in a rally? 

Here are some stories from neighboring Patches:

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If your life was in some way changed by the events of 9/11, we're asking for photos or personal accounts to share with our readers. Please add a photo to the gallery (simply sign in and click MANAGE YOUR PHOTOS under the photo gallery) and include your story or send it to MikeS@patch.com.

Connie Elliott, of the Studio City Residents Association, had a close call, she said:

"I used to be a flight attendant for United Airlines so was greatly affected by that day 10 years ago. In fact my husband and I missed being on one of the flights that went into the World Trade Center by what was essentially a coin toss. We flew from Boston to LA on Sept. 10, 2001.We had been asked to stay over another day by one of his relatives in Boston, and it was our Boston to LA flight that was hijacked."

What's your story?

Where were you on 9/11? How do you plan to explain it to your children if they are too young to remember it?

If you want to join a national remembrance effort, check out ActionAmerica.com to tell the country how you're taking positive action in Healdsburg. To access Action America, click here.

Also take a look at the inspiring, heartbreaking and beautiful array of photos in the 9/11 gallery put together by Huffington Post (including a Studio City Patch photo) by clicking here.

Allan September 11, 2012 at 04:12 PM
And you believe the NY Times?
Grant Miles September 11, 2012 at 07:00 PM
9/11 is vivid in my memory. That was the week my parents and I were to fly out to Ohio to get me settled in for my freshman year at college. I woke up a little before 7 AM and turned on the news shortly after the second plane had impacted. I thought I was watching some kind of early morning made-for-TV movie. It took several seconds to realize that what i was watching was actually happening. The towers came down, and the rest of the day was a bit of a blur as our plans rapidly changed from flying out on the 13th to driving cross-country. There were many errands to run, and everywhere I went it was dead quiet, aside from Tom Brokaw or Peter Jennings narrating the events of the day on the TV that had appeared in every store, every shop, every office. We left for Ohio that afternoon.
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