SUNY Oswego students share how the 9/11 attacks inspired them to serve the country

Flags will be up through September 12th on SUNY Oswego's campus.

It's the day that changed the country forever.

And 17 years later -- the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks still bring up raw emotions of loss and sadness.

Here in Central New York, SUNY Oswego pays tribute to the fallen each year.

It's also where we met Jasmine Fisher and Geoff Christensen -both sophomores at SUNY Oswego and cadets in the ROTC program, placing American flags in the ground on campus.

"I was just two years old when 9/11 happened, I'd just turned two. So I don't remember it myself," said Christensen.

"In the background of the show that we were watching, you could see the towers crumbling," said Fisher, "and my mom described it so vividly that her description just left a mark on me for the rest of my life."

Not only did the stories of strength and loss touch them, but they inspired them to pursue a military career.

"Remembering what my mom told me and what it affected her and how it impacted other people in my family you know it just, gives me the strength to keep serving the country," said Fisher.

"When I got older and got towards high school we started actually learning about what happened and how it happened and it really affected me and what happened to all the people here," remembered Christensen.

Though they were young when this tragedy struck, and they're still young now, they see their future being shaped by what happened 17 years ago.

"I'm really looking forward to graduating through ROTC, graduating college," said Christensen, "and going out to help an protect other people's lives as well."

"People who risked their lives to save all the thousands of you know, people who needed to be saved it gives me the strength to do so, and save the country," said Fisher.

Dedicated to serving like so many did on that day.

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