With the passing of 9/11, I witnessed the usual (and wonderful) common thread of unity. “Never Forget” seems to be the phrase attached to this significance. But honestly, how could we? It was a day that will be forever scorched in this nation and this world’s memories. With any cold hearted, cowardly, thoughtless attack on the innocents, people are going to be mad, “we won‘t rest until you are dead” mad at the ones behind these murders. And yet, I saw some comments, thankfully, not too many, that were angry for a different reason. They were mad that 9/11 “overshadows” all the other wars and battles we as a country have gone through, all the lives of the other military persons lost.
Uh, seriously? Sigh, this is just another example of having the freedom of speech but not knowing when to shut the hell up.
No one, not one person, has even hinted that 9/11 was the most horrific thing our country went through. Was it the worst terrorist attack on our soil? Yes. This wasn’t a war, per se, in which our troops stormed the enemy’s grounds. This was a hellish annihilation on the people of our country, an attack we all witnessed as it happened! Like the Challenger exploding, we witnessed it together, felt the pain and shock together. Remembering 9/11 and those murdered is not a hit, an oversight at those who had fallen before them! We celebrate Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. And notice I used the term “celebrate.” We don’t “celebrate” 9/11, we remember it, honor it, mourn it.
I understand that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. I just won’t tolerate that on a day of remembrance, some people lack the respect and, well, brains to realize that those particular opinions are crass and insulting. It would be like going to a funeral and saying, “I’m sorry for your loss, but we all lose family, so get over it.”
99.9% of us will Never Forget.