Shortly news and commentary will fill the airwaves concerning the upcoming 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Many will yawn at the news wondering when the attack will fade into the distant past. Others will vent claiming it is time for closure. Perhaps some Americans believe that events of the past should be abandoned to the history books and late night TV documentaries.
Throughout the world people celebrate occurrences of hundreds of years in the past and unfortunately shed blood over infractions that took the lives of victim’s generation upon generation ago. Daily our troops confront the issues that ignite violence between Sunnis and Shia. Ireland for centuries continued a bloody struggle between Protestants and Catholics.
The never ending hatred in the Middle East between Arab and Jew has its origin in the claim of the Promised Land. Americans who laugh at these arguments or take sides conveniently forget that we stole the land from the Native Americans and are shocked to hear their demands for justice.
December 7th will always live on as that “Day of Infamy”. June 6th will always celebrate D Day. July 4th Americans wave the flag and set off fireworks to relive our breaking the bond of autocratic control over our fledging Colonies.
For families who lost loved ones over Lockerbie on Pan Am Flight 103 on December 21st, 1988 the date will never be forgotten. Closure is that which we demand of others. Such losses can never be forgotten or in acts of murder forgiven.
This September 11th will occupy the news. It should not be as a result of a decade passing but as a day of national sorrow, anger and compassion. It was the date that America was attacked for being the greatest democracy known to mankind. Those who lives were stolen stood for all Americans and their losses were national. They, the date, the act of hatred and the heroism by so many have become part of the fabric of America.