At only 19 months, Lane Barrett's mother felt it was time for him to learn about Sept. 11.
So Barrett's grandmother, Dee Dillon, brought Lane to the statehouse to see the flags that decorated the lawn.
Dillon said it's still emotional for her even after 11 years.
"It just struck my heart all over again and I cried and cried," she said.
Gov. John Kasich also paid his respects Tuesday and reflected on how Americans came together.
"It brought out the best of us, that's what adversity does. It's a sad day. It's changed our country," said Kasich.
There's now realization that there is an entire generation of Americans who do not remember that day.
"It is so heart wrenching. And I know it will be for him when he's old enough to understand," said Dillon.
About the only thing that makes this anniversary a little easier, Dee said, is the knowledge that terrorist mastermind behind the attacks, Osama bin Laden, is dead.
"It does give me peace. I hope this is the end of these types of tragedies in our country. I pray that it is," she said.
The census bureau estimates that nearly 30 million Americans were not yet born on Sept. 11.
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