I agree with that comment Jon, I was a similar age at the time and recall getting picked up from school by my gran who used to take us out Monday night, and hearing it on the radio the entire time. I couldn't understand why a plane crash, as it seemed to me, had brought the whole world to a standstill. I didn't know what the WTC was, so couldn't possibly understand the gravity of what had happened.
When I got home, I saw in in the news and was shocked when seeing footage replayed of the towers collapsing (I may have seen that live) and the planes themselves actually colliding. Whilst ultimately disturbing, as an ignorant 8 year old, it didn't occur to me that there were people in the building as well, but the plane exploding in itself was disturbing enough for a relatively innocent child. My mum I recall tried to explain why it had happened, but I couldn't possibly understand truthfully. As kids do, the whole news had been warped by the mind of a child, and the next day at school everyone was running round saying it was WW3 :roll: I guess thats just how kids interpret things!
But yeah, a truly horrific attack that was shocking at the time and has become even more shocking to me as I have matured. I send all my condolences to the families of those involved in what is obviously a day commemorating something so tragic and life changing :(