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Another 9/11

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A recent editorial in the Post & Courier asked if Americans are tired of revisiting the tragedy of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

In the article, a Massachusetts woman says this:

“I may sound callous, but doesn’t grieving have a shelf-life? We’re very sorry and mournful that people died, but there are living people. Let’s wind it down.”

Yeah, I’d say callous is a good word.

There seems to be a fine line between wanting to come together in some kind of collective expression of grief and experience just enough unity to convince yourself (even if only for a moment) that we’re not all so different after all, and being “over” something because it puts a cramp in your otherwise-happy little life.

Once you cross that line, there is rarely any going back.

The families of the people who died six years ago today can’t go back, either. I’d quickly wager that they wish they could.

I wonder if this person also resents December 7, the original date to live in Infamy, on which the people lost in the attack at Pearl Harbor are remembered.

One day per year to commemorate what happened shouldn’t be too much to ask. There are other things to do, if you really don’t want to take part. It may require a little extra effort, but given what those who lost someone went through, that shouldn’t be so much to ask, either.

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Hi Patrick 🙂 I remember 9/11 every year on my blog, and will continue to do so until someone brings Bin Laden to justice. I intend to keep asking the questions, both political and social. I think grief is a very personal thing, we all do it in our own time and our own way, so if one person has moved on, ok, but allow me to process in my own way. One of my biggest complaints is the attitude of “don’t they win” or “they win again,” they haven’t “WON” anything as far as I am concerned, except maybe… Read more »
I hate to sound callous, but I agree. I have no problem with remembrance once a year, in the same way that I don’t mind remembering birthdays once a year. However, the government and the media has spent the last six years ‘remembering’ 11 September on a daily basis. I cannot speak for the woman quoted, but if I made a comment like that, I would not be saying ‘the people who lost loved ones should shut up and get over it;’ I would be saying ‘the government, media, and remaining population should stop exploiting this for political purposes and… Read more »

The public breast-beatings that go on around this “remembrance” are becoming more than I choose to tolerate in my life. There really is such a thing as moving on with grief. Better to build a decent memorial to the over 80,000 men, women and children who have lost their lives in Iraq since our “intervention”, including the 3,759 USA soldiers and 298 allied troops killed.

Where’s THAT memorial?

Saphyre Rose
I don’t mind grieving with them, but the fact is the longer we drag this out and keep it fresh the longer it will take to heal those people. I remember my Dad dying when I was 8. My brother was in Nam and it took a while to find him in the jungle and then get him back. The funeral was extended for several days until they couldn’t wait anymore. My brother got in on the day of the burial was to take place. He had to go back soon after. Mom went through the funeral, everything was fine,… Read more »
Bill, the Wildcat
Afraid I must somewhat agree with Rick on this one. Although, I think I’m more bothered by the whole Virginia Tech “Massacre.” Living in Richmond, Virginia, the stories on how Virginia Tech students, faculty and parents are coping has reached almost absurd proportions. The mourning process, in this case, has gotten somewhat ridiculous. College students are not such fragile creatures; I know I wasn’t when I was in college. And there’s an uncomfortably practiced manner to the whole “mourning process” that has surrounded the Virginia Tech aftermath. They cranked out a memorial service on the campus ridiculously quick. I’m still… Read more »