Marking The Day

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Marking 9/11 is a tricky business. It's the sixth anniversary of the day when almost three thousand Americans were lost in a day of heartbreak, terror, and massive disillusionment. On my way to work this morning, I looked at the clock, and thought "the towers were burning by now." It was eerie, sad, and made me think of how much of my life has been defined by that moment — you cannot be a journalist and not run into a reminder of 9/11 almost every day — and yet, my heart, my life, the essence of who I am, has changed hardly at all compared to those who lost people on that day. So, my job requires me to mark 9/11 — what are you doing on this sixth anniversary, if anything? What stray thoughts crept into your mind this Tuesday morning?

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This morning after finishing breakfast I sat quietly at the table and read aloud a poem I had found on the internet last night. It was written on September 11, 2001 after the tragedy by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. Titled "Rest in Peace" it reminded me with words rather than visually what had happened six years ago today. I am avoiding television today because I cannot face seeing the footage of that day that might be shown today.

Sent by Terry Wright | 2:50 PM | 9-11-2007

I will be running in a 5K run for my city this evening and will dedicate this run to the victims and heroes of 9/11. This day should not be forgotten, nor should the days after when our country came together in patriotism and faith to support of New York City, Washington, DC and Shanksville, PA.

Sent by Jeffersontown, KY | 3:04 PM | 9-11-2007

I am honoring today by going about my everyday life as usual. It seems to be the best way of honoring the lives of those lost because of the actions of people who wanted to terrorize the people of this country, who wanted us to live in fear. In my mind, the best response is to NOT be afraid.

Sent by Diane Lawrence | 3:09 PM | 9-11-2007

Life goes in in the shadow of 9/11/01 today. Nashville, Tennessee holds a runoff election today in the race for mayor and several city council seats. Many people will attend vigils and church services in support of a prisoner due to be executed by electrocution just after midnight.

Sent by Chris Clarke | 3:13 PM | 9-11-2007

Today is not the day to remember 911. Today is the day to remember how we brought America to peace. How did the Great Wall of China come down? What ended the first and second World Wars? How was Egypt able to sustain its great periods of stability?

Stop discussing the spilt milk (blood) start cleaning it up. The simple fact is that our little war on "terror" has not done anything to make situations better. Give them air-conditioning not bullets. Restore their energy to what it was before we invaded.

Sent by Keith White | 3:46 PM | 9-11-2007