Sunday, September 11, 2011
Some Thoughts 10 Years After 9/11
WTC Memorial (photo credit)
WTC Memorial (photo credit)
WTC Memorial (photo credit)
I am so GLAD they have finally completed this memorial. What a powerful tribute to all the people that lost their lives that day. A place to remember all the sacrifices made by the many heroic people, risking their lives to help others.
I am still so sorry for all the devastation the attacks caused on 9/11/2001, in the WTC -NYC, the field in PA and the Pentagon, Washington DC. I am still so sorry for all the grieving people that have lost family and friends. It is a solemn day. I am sure it has forever changed most of us. The cost has been astronomical in so many ways. I wish for healing and peace for all of us ...and in the same breath ...I say ... may we remain ever vigilant against those that would bring this great country down if they could ...may we never forget.
I hope it is alright (since giving credit) that I posted the sergeant's comments in here. (see below) I will remove it if it is not.
I was only looking for a picture to put up to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 being celebrated today, when I came across this blog: September 11 Ten Years, but then was greatly moved by the following comment:
Sgt.Swannick said... And, regarding not inviting clergy because they felt they couldn't be all inclusive ..is just wrong.
Faith was instrumental in pulling us together that day and providing comfort and hope. Does anyone remember former President Bush, other political leaders and clergy speaking at the memorial in national cathedral right after 9/11? There were no outcries against having clergy speak. Nor was there an outcry against our political leaders publicly speaking about and praying to God.
Congress united in spirit, singing God Bless America.
Our country ...America ...the United States of America was founded on Judeo - Christian ethics. Our court system is based on Judeo -Christian ethics. We have an American culture. It has been the "city on the hill", a beacon of light to so many people around the world. Even my maternal grandparents and most of their siblings left Scotland to come to live here in the early 1900's, as did my paternal side of the family leaving Germany and Switzerland to come here. People from all around the world left their countries to come here. And people still risk their lives to leave Cuba and Mexico to come here. The Vietnam boat people risked their lives with the hope of making it to this country. Knowledge of our culture didn't deter them.
If I decided to live in India, France, Egypt, Greece, China or Israel... I would not expect them to change their traditions or religious worship because it is offensive to me. Nor would I expect to have my views espoused. I would believe what I believe and be respectful of their cultures.
America is a a multi-cultural nation, based on the Judeo-Christian ethics that the founders of this country established. We are all free to worship in any faith of our choosing or to reject all faith. I don't believe most people take offense at our historically religious values, but rather only a minority of people do this ...ruining it for the rest of us.
Furthermore, I see an erosion of our American culture and sovereignty. And this is a dangerous path to go down. We have to stop being so politically correct that we neutralize the very values that empowered this country. History speaks for itself and anyone can read about the founding of this country ...but read the original words of George Washington and others ...not the sanitized politically correct versions in which their religious views and influences on this country have been omitted.
When I was growing up and for most of my life in this country (until the last decade and a half or so) ...we never had to worry about offending people if we said "Merry Christmas", put up a Christmas tree, said "under God" in the pledge of allegiance and I could go on. What a sad state of affairs that some people get all squirrelly over these things. Good traditions! And if you don't want to participate - don't.
Also, I am appalled that an atheist group has tried to prevent the cross (2 steal beams that emerged from the rubble in the form of a cross) at the WTC site from becoming a part of the WTC museum. It was found within 24-36 hours after it all came down and was considered to be a miracle that most certainly provided comfort and hope to many people that were working there and/or lost people they love in that terrorist attack. It had been on the grounds for 10 years and people have left remembrances around it. But, now the atheist organization wants to is coming out against it.
No one is barring objects of other faiths from being there.
But ... That cross was found in the rubble. Can you just imagine the emotions that hit those workers when they saw and erected that amidst the rubble?
That cross ...IS a part of the history of this grievous event. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that it became symbolic of hope ...providing peace and comfort amidst the horror in those awful days, weeks, and months of cleanup. And it has continued to remain an important symbol for this last decade.
Just don't look at it if it is offensive to you. But, please ...stop ruining it for the multitudes of people it has powerfully impacted, bringing them hope, peace, comfort, and is perhaps a touch point in faith for those who lost their friends and family that day ...on September 11, 2011.
Here is an interesting interview discussing this matter.