Teen with 9/11 birthday volunteers; forgoes celebrating

Posted at 10:46 PM, Sep 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-11 09:27:46-04

Sunday is the 15th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in American history-September 11th 2001.

Many remember where they were the day the World Trade Center towers came crashing down but some don't because they were born that day.

One of them is Brendan Kauth-Fisher. He said sharing his birthday with the tragedy is difficult.

“There are like two reactions when I tell people that my birthday is actually on 9/11, people are either apologetic or they are kind of like at a loss for words they don't really know what to say,” said Kauth-Fisher.

He didn’t understand the gravity of his birthday until a few years ago.

“The weight of it didn't really hit me until like when I was 11 or 12."

His birthday wasn’t a coincidence—his aunt and great grandmother were both born on 9/11, “My mom had planned to have me on that day because it was a family birthday.”

That birthday has changed the way he views the world.

“It's made me super patriotic.”

Therefore giving up his 15th birthday party and volunteering with the First Responders Foundation at the Omaha Together event on Sunday.

“It doesn't feel right to me to be celebrating my birthday on a day when like when the nation is mourning-my moral compass doesn't allow me to do that,” said Kauth-Fisher.

Thousands will remember those lives lost—and showing compassion to our first responders.

“It should be a day where the nation at least takes a moment to remember the catastrophe that happened 15 years ago,” said Kauth-Fisher

Kauth-Fisher wants to join the army after college following in his dad's footsteps. On his future birthdays he wants to volunteer at any memorial services helping out. 

He will celebrate his birthday on Monday.

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