9/11 Tribute

A recent article in the New York Times titled, As 9/11 Draws Near, How Much Tribute Is Enough? by N. R. Kleinfield starts out;

Again it comes, for the sixth time now—2,191 days after that awful morning – falling for the first time on a Tuesday, the same day of the week.

Again there will be the public tributes, the tightly scripted memorial events, the reflex news coverage, the souvenir peddlers.

Is all of it necessary, at the same decibel level – still?”

The article goes on to quote people on both sides of the argument, including family members of the deceased, who want the memorializing to continue and those who do not.

However you feel about the memorializing, 9/11 changed America is ways that other tragedies have not. The horrific nature of the attack on civilians struck an empathetic cord that brought Americans together as a people, untied by grief and shock. Displaying the flag became the symbol of unity. But six years later what was a heartfelt symbol of unity has become a vehicle to increase sales, a decoration for chachka’s made in China, an empty symbol saturating the landscape.


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