"Everything changed because we were Army recruits," he said. "When I left for basic training, [family and friends] could see you to the airplane. And when I went home from basic training, [they] couldn't do that anymore."
"It's a very solemn day. People should [remember] those firefighters who ran into those buildings. [The firefighters] didn't know what was going to happen, but they had a remarkable sense of duty and bravery," said Mr. Amaral, who joined other students of the D.C. school in a campuswide moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. — the exact time that American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center to begin the terrorist attack 12 years ago Wednesday.