JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sitting at the American Legion Bar with a drink in his hand and a friend to his left, it's easy for Bill Knipper to remember what life was like when the Twin Towers were still standing.
"We [got] complacent nobody is going to touch us we do our part over there, we always come home, we're safe," said Bill Knipper, U.S. Navy retired.
Bill Knipper spent more than two decades in the U.S. Navy as a lead engineer and after eight deployments over seas, Knipper had gotten used to returning stateside safe and sound.
"Our deployment was done we were getting ready to turn around the come home," said Knipper.
For most of our service men and women the journey home means getting on a plane and 12 years go it was a trip that didn't include the Transportation Security Administration. Back then there was no need to take off your shoes, and no need to count how many ounces of liquid you had in your carry on.
It was a simpler way of life. That's now just a memory, much like that September morning that changed the world.
"There was smoke all over the TV and then the second plane hit," said Stacey Knight, an Atlantic Beach resident.
Now a generation of children born after 9-11 are learning about the shocking images that glued our nation to the TV, by reading their history books.
"I learned that a whole bunch of kids and schools and buildings got blown up by an airplane," said Kayla Carson, an Atlantic Beach student.
As part of the post 9-11 lesson plan, Carson said she and her classmates are going to be wearing red out of compassion for what our country has gone through over the last 12 years.
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