HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- As the country remembers 9/11, a tragic event like this may also shape people's opinions on any U-S involvement in Syria.
Travis Olson remembers watching the 9/11 tragedy on television.
"Seeing one of the towers fall live, I think it just made me numb," said Olson.
Twelve years later, he also thinks about the crisis in Syria.
"The idea of indiscriminate destruction on a large scale makes me want to do something," said Olson
In Tuesday night's address to the nation, President Obama said the U.S. will try diplomacy first, but if that fails, he will consider military action.
"Today I may be more willing to strike against a strong authoritative leader than if this was done Halloween or something like that," said Olson.
Lennis Echterling is the counseling program director at JMU.
He said people will remember how they felt on anniversaries like 9/11.
"The original emotions that we had on that event, if it was joyful or tragic at those times and sometimes with a surprising amount of intensity," said Echterling.
He said from what he has seen, from victims of tragic events and catastrophes, "people will take those lessons they've learned and apply it to those situation so that again they are not being impulsive about this, they are being reflective," said Echterling.
Olson said he hopes diplomacy can solve the Syria crisis.
"What does it hurt to give peace a chance," said Olson
Echterling said a good way to cope with tragedy is to do something positive in the community on the anniversary of an event.
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