My 9.11 Dilemmas and Campaign for Positive Commemoration

I love Firemen. They Rock.I love my country. I truly do. There are significant problems with America, most of them having to with class, gender or race. Despite any problems, I truly do love living in America and being an American.

I can’t say that I’ll die as an American if things keep going the way they are. But I do now, and will always, love this country.

Of course, my tendency is to love for the potential I see in them.

So, what is the point of this post?

Well, I have some issues. I believe we should honor the memory of the people who died on September 11, 2001. And I also send prayers up for the heroes who came forth that day. I’m thankful for the way America came together during that period. For a week or so, we really were one America, or as close as we could really get.

My issues are that

  1. My niece’s birthday is today. So were a few other people I know who have made significant contributions to this world, who aren’t as celebrated on their day because of the tragedy that occured on this day.
  2. I feel like we should be careful how we remember this day. It can be something that binds us, or an issue that tears us apart. I get really nasty reactions sometimes when I say this and I’m confounded as to why.
  3. Though I was personally affected by the events of 9.11.2001 in ways I rarely discuss, I refuse to spend the day crying and feeling negative. I believe that is a disservice both to those lost to us, and to those still living who were directly affected.

So on the one hand, I wonder – will 9.11 ever be more than the anniversary of 9.11.2001? Why do some people feel it is unpatriotic to commemorate this day in a positive way?

If you feel the same way as I do, here are a few ideas I ran into.

You can say Hello from My Heart.
You can read the Dr. Mani-festo.
You could also Share the Joy.
You can watch Jeff Jarvis retrace his steps from September 11.

Whatever you decide to do, or not do, even if we totally disagree on this subject, may you be blessed on this day.

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