Editorial: A decade later, moving on
The nation makes its solemn 10-year observance of the 9-11 terror attacks on Sunday. It will be emotionally restorative to stop, reflect, and then…to get on with things.
Those horrifying events of 2001 have become part of the national memory. They are burned, like scars, across the skin of the American experience.
What person, who was of cognitive age on that beautiful day, does not recall the grim scenes, heaped one upon the other until the confusion of images no longer made sense? Smoke billowing from one of the twin towers. A plane barreling into the second, broadcast across the nation. Smoke rising from both towers. People running. The collapse. Smoke rising from the Pentagon. Government workers evacuating and gathering on the Mall. Rumors of more hijacked planes. Smoke rising from a deep hole in a Pennsylvania field, as heroes thwarted what would have been another, even far worse calamity. Towers collapsing.
Horror, debris, bodies, crushed fire trucks, terrified faces, people grieving, people planting flags.
And that was just in the first morning of the new age of terror.
Thousands died that day, for no reason. The man responsible for the terror is now dead. The two wars that 9-11 spawned are winding down.
Perhaps America is finally ready to move on.
The nation must always remember this vicious attack upon its innocent people and their peaceful way of life. And the relative innocence we enjoyed in the days before the attack are long gone; replaced with security screenings and constant vigilance.
But perhaps the best way to honor the dead is to continue to protect not only our peaceful shores, but also our individual rights. The best way to honor that awful loss of life is to keep the date of 9-11-2001 always in our minds, sacred in our hearts, and inspirational to the American spirit of freedom.