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    Posted May 2, 2011 by
    colleenrusso
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    Granville, Ohio
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    After bin Laden: What's next?

    colleenrusso and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: World reacts to Bin Laden death
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    Students at Denison University after Obama's announcement

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     colleenrusso says she grew up with 9/11 throughout her life and this day is meaningful for her. 'I remember I really lost my innocence that day. It was really like closure for me.'
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    After hearing President Obama's announcement on the confirmation of Osama bin Laden's death, hundreds of students at Denison University gathered on one of the residential quads. In addition to loud chants of U-S-A and fireworks, students sang the national anthem and other patriotic songs.

     

    While views definitely differ on the matter, I believe that most people, including myself, were honoring the death of thousands of innocent american citizens and american soldiers caused by Osama bin Laden, rather than celebrating Osama's death. The sense of unity between all political backgrounds coming together to honor 9/11 victims was quite remarkable.

     

    As mentioned in the CNN producer quote, I think that this is something my generation has been severely impacted by throughout the past 10 years of our lives. I was quoted on the front page of my local newspaper the day after 9/11/01 saying:

     

    "I never thought something like that would happen. I thought all the wars were over, and people wouldn't do that stuff anymore." - Colleen Russo, age 11.

     

    I think that quote demonstrates very well the loss of innocence I felt that day. So in a way this provides some closure to an event that my generation has grown up impacted and in many ways traumatized by.

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