Thank you for sharing your powerful early memory. Sadly, many vivid memories do reflect the impact of tragic events. Many of the events remembered in what came to be called "flashbulb memories" are traumatic (e.g., assassinations, natural disasters, etc.). Theories of variables that account for the permanence of such memories have focused on the intense emotion, the uniqueness of the event, the importance of the event and in some cases, its personal relevance.
Such memories remind us, too, that we are connected to others, such that events that affect others are important to us as well.
Thank you again for contributing such a meaningful memory.

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