America marks the anniversary of terror attacks with special ceremonies. Family members reciting the names of those who died at the World Trade Center in New York marked one of many ways that Americans across the world began marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York and on the Pentagon in Virginia. People throughout this country and the world can tune in via the internet, television and radio How many people are listening? Are you doing something special with your family and friends? Our prayers are with the families.
I'm watching some shows about 9/11 heroes, praying, and remembering. As tragic and horrific as the events were, it brought us all together. We weren't black, white, or Hispanic. We weren't rich or poor. We weren't Democrats or Republicans. We were all Americans.
Dear Habee ~ I have also been watching for hours the list of names being read, the touching words of mourners, the scenes of waterfalls at Ground Zero, people rubbing names engraved on stones, and the milling of people touching each other with their words. Everyone has been effected. Remembering, consoling each other on this sad day of great loss to this nation. I've been on Twitter listening, clicking over to special websites, reading poetry and viewing images. We are all sharing this day.
Watching the service at Ground Zero online, and listening to the names read out of those who died, it was amazing how many different countries were represented. The names came from every part of the world, showing that the attack was against all people, whatever their race or religion.
If I was one of the people who actually lost someone in 9/11, then your post here would be highly offensive, simply due to the category you chose to put it under.
It's NOT a holiday or celebration, nor is it an International holiday.
Edit: As for what am I doing on this day? It's just another day.
A holiday is a day designated as having special significance for which individuals, a government, or a religious group have deemed that observation is warranted. It is generally an official (more common) or unofficial observance of religious, national, or cultural significance, often accompanied by celebrations or festivities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiday
I think we can include memorials and other commemorations. Even though we do not think of it as a "celebration" as in a happy event, we all come together as one people in spirit on this day. Humans experience a myriad of emotions.
When 9/11 took place in 2001 I was astonished of what I saw on television,
but it was harder for my young daughter of that time to cope with it. She had recognized the Pentagon Building on t.v. Four weeks prior we had been on the corner waiting for the tram to visit the other Washington D.C. sites. Although she has gotten over it and has traveled on numerous airplanes within the United States. She has traveled to the British Isles as an ambassador for Illinois. In the remembrance of the ten year anniversary I placed a patriotic ribbon on our mailbox, a small flag in my planter and then the flag pole on my house. I took a few moments of silence to thank God for all those heroes that lost their lives.
Dear Kat ~ Thank you for taking the time to share your family experience. I have written an extensive Hubpages article about dealing with the anxiety, stress and fear that has followed the incidence of 9/11. I'm concerned about the children who live in fear from the present dangers and media reporting. Our eyes have witnessed something beyond imagination. How can we cope?
It sounds like your daughter has overcome the initial fright and now travels and speaks out for good causes. Your traditions mark the day for all to see. I like that idea of planting ribbons and flags in your yard and around the mailbox. I've noticed some of my neighbors did that, too. It's a wonderful idea. Blessings, Debby
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