9/11 Off the rails - Have we forgotten so soon?
Everyone remembers where they were on September 11th, 2001.
But do you remember where you were on September 11th, 2002?
9/11/02 Was a day of tributes, a day of memorials and a day of somber remembrance of what happened one year prior. There was no political grandstanding and no controversial protests. It was a day to reflect on what made America great and how much things had truly changed since that terrible Tuesday morning.
The image above shows two giant spotlights creating two “towers” in lower Manhattan, a symbolic return of the fallen giants.
That’s how it should be.
Flash forward to 9/11/10 and we have a pastor in Florida burning Korans, a Sarah Palin/Glenn Beck event in Alaska and not one but two groups planning to descend on New York City: An group protesting the mosque near Ground Zero and another group of conspiracy theorists who believe 9/11 was some kind of government inside job.
Suddenly, September 11th is now about politics and religion rather than being a tribute to those who lost lives and those who saved lives. It should be a day where Americans can feel proud to be Americans. When they can stand united and say “we will never forget.”
9/11/01 is remembered for the sheer terror it brought. 9/11/02 is remembered for it’s somberness and quite memorials. We don’t yet know what 9/11/10 will be remembered for, but chances are it won’t have much, if anything, to do with the 3000 lives that were lost and the country that was forever changed.
And that’s a damned shame.