Share your thoughts on the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacksTwo years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, America has unmistakably changed. Yet, as time heals the emotional and physical wounds of that day, many aspects of life have returned to the way they were. What are your thoughts on this, the second anniversary of the disaster? Has the nation taken to heart the lessons of that searing event? Are we safer today than we were? Or are we at greater peril? How do you rate the job the Bush administration has done combatting terrorism? And what is your opinion on the rebuilding of Ground Zero? What should rise there, and what should the victims' memorial look like?
Peace Be Still!
J. Milton, HP, MA
Visited Ground Zero last weekend. Came to the name Edward Francis Maloney III, son of a college classmate of mine. Couldn't begin to fathom the grief and agony being felt by that family and thousands of others, who may have had just a scoop of ashes from the scene to take away as a token of their child. Went to Mass at a church about three blocks away, St. Peter's I think, same as my home parish. Lit a candle, wrote in the book. So little anybody can do. Right now listening to the names being read, a seemingly endless roll. I am an instructor at a police academy. Proud of so many of my fellow Irish-Americans who gave, and continue to give, their best to NYPD and FDNY.
Seamus , Southern NJ
a.a. in Birmingham - My God! You sound like a terrorist.
Their names were Janice, Mary, Steven, Rob, Carl and thousands of others that had no choice in their fate. They only went to work, they just got on planes intending to vacation, they quickly stopped in for a cup of coffee, they hurriedly ran to the elevators. They had things to do. They had life. They had no choice in their fate. It was made for them without so much as a single input from any but the most fanatical of minds. They left spouses, girlfriends, fiancees, old friends, neighbors, co-workers, children. They left. They simply disappeared, some literally, forever. They are September 11.
In memory of Kathy Nardella who died in the WTC.
Rich , Boston
You watch the news and they show bits and parts of it and you still to this day just say "how" that could happen to us... god bless all the heroes and famlies of 9/11.......
I remember what a beautiful day it was watching the sunrise looking out my 5:45 AM train window on my way to an early morning meeting. What a moment it was during the spring of 2002 when I had two opportunities to view Ground Zero courtesy of an early US Air shuttle arrival and a helicopter tour respectively. It was so emotional, all passengers were speechless! It is a time to reflect and my heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones. I was in a Dunkin Donuts at 8:46 AM in downtown Boston and many were choked with emotion during the first moment of silence.
On a recent visit to Ground Zero I was shocked to see how casually people viewed the site. There were people selling books on the tragedy, and it struck me that there is more of a reflection place for John Lennon in Central Park than there is of the victims of 9/11. This is an great shame that there is no dedicated seating area, or place to leave a message save for the fences surrounding the site. And to see this on the day the transcripts were released. We have moved on but too far.
Two years have not dulled the feelings we all had that day. Remember the sadness, remember the pain, and remember the anger. This could happen anywhere at any time and preventing another tragedy should remain very high on this country's list of priorities. My heart-felt condolences to everyone who lost loved ones, and thank you to everyone that continues to protect us and our country.
Vinny, Medford, MA
My thoughts are that there shouldn't be any acknowledgement of the anniversary at all. Why commemorate mass murder on the day that the murderers chose to kill? If we do, we are letting murderers dictate our actions. They kill, and we have to respond year after year to their schedule of death? No we don't. Yes, the destruction was obviously far more spectacular and extensive than the usual mass murder, but unless we are memorializing the destruction of property, it's just mass murder we are remembering. And we should remember it, but we shouldn't have a special day to show the murderers and their kind how "hurt" we are; that plays into their hands. Show some quiet toughness and resolve. We wouldn't give Charles Manson or Richard Speck a special day to weepily commemorate their crimes, and we shouldn't give the Saudi Arabian murderers their special day either.