Cpl. Neemah Rogachani’s father was at work in Manhattan, 49th and Broadway at Broadway Video duplication services when 9/11 happened and was on the last train to leave the city before they closed the subway. Rogachani attended his eighth grade Spanish class at Maplewood Middle School when that happened.
EXTRA: What does 9/11 signify for you?
Cpl. Neemah Rogachani: It signifies a tragic event that took place on an American soil.
What memories do you have from that day?
I was in school at that time. We had limited information from the news. There was a lot of confusion. All the cell phones were down. Those things are really surreal. When my father made it from the last trains he said that the city has been completely shut down. The whole thing was really surreal. I wasn’t happy to be away. It was very vivid. It was a pretty horrific moment; a sad mark on history.
It has been 12 years since the 9/11 attack. What have we forgotten about that and should we remember?
The most important thing that we should remember is that it was an attack on an enemy as a whole. It hurt a lot of people. What we need to remember is that lives were lost that day, the unification that came that day, the leadership. I think sometimes we forgot how many fathers, brothers and sisters we have lost that day. It can happen again. We need to remember and relive all over again.
How has the 9/11 attack changed the military in the U.S?
I think it has changed the United States military for the better; it has made us stronger and more united.
How many years have you served in the military? What is your life like now?
Three and a half years. I think it has been an amazing experience. We all bonded. I made friendships.
What is the message that the US got with the 9/11 attack? Would you say that it was a wakeup call for a nation that felt a bit too confident in regards to being safer from terrorist attacks?
I wouldn’t say it was a wakeup call. It brought awareness. I think we are fortunate that it doesn’t happen as frequently. That’s what happened. I think that the message is that we can get to you; it is much more difficult to hurt us. It is an honor that I can serve my country in the military.