Growing number of Americans don't remember 9/11

CREATED Sep 11, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 11, 2013

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SHOREWOOD - Wednesday marks the 12th anniversary of 9/11. To get an idea of how much time has passed, WTMJ's Jon Byman went to a local high school.

The phrase we have said over and over is “Never Forget”. But for a growing number of us, we just don't remember. Freshmen in John Jacobson's history class at Shorewood High School don't.

“Well I don’t remember anything, because I was only two,” said Micaela Gayner.

In fact, Gayner didn't even know about it until years after it happened.

“I do remember, in third grade, the teacher bringing it up and I had no idea what she was talking about,” she said. “So I went home and asked my parents about it.”

"I don't remember it, because I was two," said student Mary Grace Wagner, who explained her earliest memory about it was when Osama bin Laden was killed.

Now as freshmen in high school, Gayner and Wagner will learn about it in school over the next couple days, similar to the way we learned about Pearl Harbor. Or, for a number of us, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

"We now really treat it like history," Jacobson explained.