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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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