Horizon City, Texas (KDBC) — High school seniors were in kindergarten when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers in New York on September 11th, 2001.
Horizon high schoolers honored first responders and even though they were quite small when the attacks happened, they reflected on what today means to them.
One day in kindergarten, Oscar Provencio's mom picked him up early from school.
She was crying.
"I thought at first it was just some kind of advertisement and then my parents told me it was the real thing," Provencio said. "And that's when I just got scared and I just went to my room and I just stayed there".
He stayed there for the rest of the day.
Just like the rest of America, 9-11 scared him pretty bad.
"I was just kind of like scared that I thought it might happen in El Paso, " he said.
Provencio and his best friend, Fernando, read poems at a Horizon High School assembly Wednesday, honoring local first responders.
"'Most people don't like to think it, but there are a lot f people out there that are ungrateful, so we should show how grateful and thankful we are," said Fernando Hernandez.
Lieutenant Roy Gonzales was a high school freshman, getting ready for school, when his brother told him America had been attacked.
"It was a blur from then on," Gonzales said. "We went to school and every class had the footage. We knew that it was going to affect a lot of our friends going to the military, so it was quite shocking,".
"It just means to me that we can prove to everyone that America does still stand great and tall," said Provencio.
"No matter what they do to us the can knock us down, but they won't knock us out," said Fernando.
"It's certainly an honor to be even considered part of this brotherhood of firefighters," Lt. Gonzales said.
Grateful high school students stood up with the rest of the county to remember those who lost their lives 12 years ago on the day that changed Oscar, Fernando, Roy, all of us, forever.