When is Enough Tribute Enough?
That is what some Americans seem to think:
Again it comes, for the sixth time now â€” 2,191 days after that awful morning â€” falling for the first time on a Tuesday, the same day of the week.
gain there will be the public tributes, the tightly scripted memorial events, the reflex news coverage, the souvenir peddlers.
Is all of it necessary, at the same decibel level â€” still?
Each year, murmuring about Sept. 11 fatigue arises, a weariness of reliving a day that everyone wishes had never happened. It began before the first anniversary of the terrorist attack. By now, though, many people feel that the collective commemorations, publicly staged, are excessive and vacant, even annoying.
I consider this to be a sign of the times we live in. First a big public mourning, constant attention to what happened, but after a while people get bored and want something new (to do). Quite sad, in a way. Although Americans should do in this regard what they think is best, it seems to me that paying tribute to those who died on 9/11/01 can never be outdated. You don’t have to make a spectacle out of it. That is not what it is about or should be about. It is about paying tribute to those who died – their only ‘sin’ was that they worked in America, in the WTC, flew in a plane, worked in the Pentagon and that they lived in a country where they are free.
These people died for democracy and freedom. They are martyrs. Pay them tribute.