Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thirteen years later

People are waking up this morning to memorials all around the country, to those who lost their lives thirteen years ago when terrorist attacks claimed so many lives in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.  We are reminded to never forget, but how could anyone not remember the horror of that day?
 
Every year I have written here about the 9/11 attacks.  A couple of times I have quoted the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and his memories of that week back in 2001. 
 
Each year I have woken up to news coverage of the anniversary.  In New York City at the site where the World Trade Center stood, the names of the victims who died there are read out against a background of somber music. The President of the United States attends a memorial service at the Pentagon, and asks Americans to observe a moment of silence. There is a remembrance too in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  hat latter one has special meaning to me.  It was a San Francisco bound flight that was being deverted to Washington to be crashed into a government building.  Passengers became heroes that day when they forced the plane down in a field.
 
I woke up to tv coverage of memorials.  If you missed any of it, it will be available online throughout the day and on tv tonight and in tomorrow's newspapers.  Never forget.

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