CBSNews had a link on the front page that read "America remembers Sept. 11 attacks 11 years later." I clicked the link and came to an article filled with content reflecting on the horrible tragedy that occurred 11 years ago today.
The article began with an article about loved ones of the victims coming to ground zero to pay their respects. I was shocked that this quote ran:
"'I feel much more relaxed' this year, said Jane Pollicino, who came to ground zero Tuesday morning to mourn her husband, who was killed at the trade center. 'After the ninth anniversary, that next day, you started building up to the 10th year. This feels a lot different, in that regard. It's another anniversary that we can commemorate in a calmer way, without that 10-year pressure.'"
I cannot imagine a person who lost a love one in the attacks saying something like this. The reporter who got this quote must have changed it slightly to make grammatical sense, because I just do not see how the "10-year pressure" would make the mourning any different. Most human beings don't operate like that. I don't know, maybe that's just me.
The page also had a clip of the President's speech at the Pentagon from this morning. I thought Obama spoke eloquently and with meaning like he always does, but I also thought he effectively captured the deep sense of sadness and loss that comes with a terrible day like today. I love listening to Obama's speeches, and this was one of his best.
CBS also had a number of photo galleries under the link regarding 9/11. One of them was a 60-photo collection from this morning at the World Trade Center Memorial. The photos were very moving, and a photo tribute is often the best way to remember a somber event once enough has been written about it over the years.
I personally remembered 9/11 in bits and pieces. I lived in Maine at the time, and as a third grader, two things stand out to me in my mind. First of all, I remember that we said the pledge of allegiance over the intercom that morning before class started. We didn't do that regularly, so I remember thinking that was a little odd. I also remember when my mom came and got me from school and told me what happened. I really didn't quite have a grasp on exactly what 9/11 meant at the time, since I didn't know anyone in the buildings or on the planes. But looking back, I just remember the attacks leading to a sort of harrowing sense of danger even a third grader could understand.
September 11th, 2001 was a horrible tragedy, but since that day, our country has moved forward and improved our awareness of global terrorism. The flag may fly at half mast today, but in our hearts, we know America is much safer today than it was 11 years ago and that is a great thing.