I felt like making this thread because something really bothered me this morning.
Today, as I'm sure the larger majority of us know, is the five year anniversary of September 11th. Throughout the years, there has been a lot of hype. TV movies, theatre movies, merchandise etc. Most of these things I do not agree with. We shouldn't be merchandising something so fresh still, or something as devastating as this was. But we'll be how we wish to and that's virtually the end of it. However, regardless of how much we've been through as a country and on that day we banded together to make a difference and be a better people, we've almost completely forgotten.
A moment of silence was to be held this morning, two if I'm not mistaken. My mother was very serious when she told me of this and expected me to follow through with it, which I did. I realize that I'm in a business and the world can't stop for a moment of respect through silence, but not even an effort was made. People here, who were really doing nothing, still didn't sit and reflect. How can it be that five years ago, we were so upset, so horrified at this day and most of us in tears- yet today, it's different.
I understand that it's not a reenactment of that day, that it's not the same day it was five years ago, but it is the day it happened. We should recognize it. I haven't forgotten what happened then and I was only in eighth grade when it happened. But I remember watching it on the news during school, I remember being so completely horrified and afraid, I remember crying because I was watching people jump to their death, rather than be scorched to it. I remember that pain and my family, my friends, weren't even apart of it. God only knows how many people are suffering today because they have to recognize it as the anniversary of not the day the country came together to overcome a greater evil, but the day they lost someone very close to them. The day someone they knew suffered that loss, the day someone they loved, died. Yet, even a simple five minutes to remember these people, to hope the best for them, to console them through prayer, or wishes, or respect, can't even be done. I think it's terrible how numb we, as a people, have become.
It disturbs me that we can't even pay respects for five minutes of our ever-so-busy lives. Today, on the calendar, is actually "Patriot Day". But amongst those that are around me, I haven't seen one even remotely affected by this day. In no way am I saying that we should be as devastated today as we were five years ago, or that we should dwell, mourn, and stop our lives for the day. What I am saying is that five minutes of silence to remember is not too much to ask for the thousands killed that day and the thousands still dying to help protect our country and us. Not even Google, who generally has designs for holidays or whatnot (American or otherwise), has a design for today.
I realize not all of the users here are from the USA and that not everyone is supportive of the war, but whether you're supportive of the war or not, you MUST be supportive of our people there in it. They didn't ask for this and they are not the government. It's quite possible many of them don't even support it, but they have to do what they are told.
It is possible to respect someone and something that you don't know. That's all those five minutes were asking us to do. But five minutes is never enough. Each day we should be remembering, each day we should be thankful and each day we should be grateful for what we do still have. It shouldn't be five minutes of one day once a year that we recognize this. Five minutes is never too much to ask, yet today it seems to be.
My father sent me this link. I realize it may seem to be another ridiculous movie on September 11th; however, it hit me harder than any of the others.
-- We need to remember and respect what this day is, those that were affected by it and those still being affected by it.. No matter how many years pass.