Remembering 9/11 Victims
The big story right now at YahooNews: “Heads bow in memory of 9/11 victims”
Relatives of Sept. 11 victims bowed their heads in silence Tuesday to mark the moments exactly six years earlier when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. The dreary skies created a grim backdrop, and a sharp contrast to the clear blue of that morning in 2001.
“That day we felt isolated, but not for long and not from each other,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said as the first ceremony began. “Six years have passed, and our place is still by your side.”
A noble sentiment, to be sure. It’s widely shared, as Jules Crittenden’s long roundup of remembrances demonstrates.
The September 11 attacks will be, like the John Kennedy assassination and the Challenger explosion, events that people old enough to experience them will never forget. And, because the attacks precipitated America’s entry into a long war, we’re constantly reminded of that date.
Still, I wonder how long we’ll continue to hold major annual commemorations? Generally speaking, a 6th anniversary is not particularly noteworthy. Will we celebrate the 7th? The 9th? The 17th? The 29th?
How long did we do that after Pearl Harbor?