As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the coverage and specials surrounding that horrible day in history are airing on TV and appearing online and in magazines.
The kids of 9/11 – those who were children during the events of September 11, 2001 and those who were in utero at the time – are being featured in an NBC special and in the pages of People magazine.
The special “Children of 9/11” airs September 5 and promises “a story that is not often heard — 9/11 from a children’s perspective. It tends to have been overlooked,” producer Janice Sutherland explains.
The stories include Caitlin Langone’s, who was 12 when her dad, a police officer trying to rescue people, died that day. She explains, “I felt this documentary was my opportunity to tell my story in my own words. I hope it gives people a better understanding. I hope it makes 9/11 more personal and more real for them.”
“Children of 9/11” looks at 11 children who lost their parents on September 11.
People magazine has a feature photo essay about the children of 9/11 as well that examines the lives of 10 kids whose fathers died on September 11 – dads they never got to meet.
Mom Jill Gartenberg Pila shares, “This is something the whole world felt. As Jamie gets older, she realizes the loss she had was also a loss that affected everyone.” Jamie was born six months after 9/11.
Another 9 year old, Gabriel Jacobs Dick, releases balloons on 9/11 in memory of his dad, to “give him an update on how life is going.”
Look for the “Children of 9/11” special on September 5.