"Today our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly attacks."
Those words were spoken by former President George W. Bush just hours after one of the most horrific days in United States history.
Twelve years has gone by since Bush found out along with the rest of us, that the United States was under attack.
He was sitting in a classroom at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida.
"It was amazing how well he was able to keep composed and let the students finish what they were doing. Then they briefed him and he made the address to nation with the class and the teachers there," said Chris Malnick, Rivesville Social Studies Teacher.
Almost everyone you ask knows exactly where he or she was the day of the attacks.
"My mom remembers where she was when JFK was shot. My grandmother and grandfather remember where they were when Pearl Harbor was attacked. It was a big moment and still shakes me up when I see images," Malnick said.
You can almost see when the first plane hit the North Tower, when Flight 93 went down in Pennsylvania, and when the South Tower crumbled to the ground.
But many students today weren't even born.
"Actually I was asleep at the time. That's what my mom told me. She explained it to me a little bit as I got older and I learned mainly from my teachers here," said Anna Runyan, eighth grade student.
Middle and elementary school students are now learn about September 11 through textbooks and memories shared by their elders.
"It was almost like you didn't have time to digest it and you were teaching it. All of the information still wasn't out at the time," Malnick said.
That's why Rivesville Elementary Middle School takes a special moment every year to reflect and to teach.
"We taught not just what happened. But the bravery and the spirit of the people involved," Malnick said.
"We see the importance of it. Even if we were one at the time or not even born. We came back stronger as a nation and we keep it going so everyone knows about it and it doesn't repeat itself," Runyan said.