Monday, September 12, 2011

Waking up on 9/12

Well, I thought the national memorials yesterday for the celebration of 9/11 were anemic. I don't say that lightly. It troubles me that the reading of names off a list by celebrities or sponsoring a rock concert could ever be fitting tribute for the tragedy of 9/11/2001.

The local memorials were better able to bridge the gap between what I noticed was a secular response "to do what they must" in honor of the day, versus a heartfelt sincere tribute to the fallen and their families. Neighborhood entities i.e. churches, military organizations, fraternal groups, etc. were able to unite communities in prayer and commemoration. That was missed on the national level. Somehow, it became about how many celebrities were on the list to read the names; who was the featured artist at the concert; it became about them, and not about the victims, the families, the nation.

It would do the organizers of such events some good to take a look at the efforts of the communities -- see how they unite a people to honor and remember what happened to our country on 9/11/2001. This is what I'm talking about: Bloomfield, CO. A little more "Bloomfield" and a little less "Glitz" might serve to provide a more fitting tribute and help people feel a little more patriotic on 9/12.

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