Yes they understood the basic facts, airplanes, towers, the Pentagon, a field in Pennsylvania, but they can't understand the horror and grief of that day and all of the days after it. I am glad they can't understand. I am forever grateful to the men and women who keep my children secure in their freedom, never understanding what it is to live in fear and without freedom. I pray that the babies born in Iraq and Afghanistan today won't understand. I hope their mothers can say "You were too little to know what it was like back then..... But now we are free". I pray that day comes soon.
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling that thinks nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of greater men than himself."
-John Stuart Mill