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What to Do On 9/11

I am called every year on or around 9/11 by members of the media looking for a quote. The farther we get away from the event, the harder it gets for them to figure out what to ask me. This year, the prevailing theme seemed to be “9/11 fatigue” – is America getting tired of commemorating the day? While I suspect this isn’t even an issue outside the New York metro area, it’s worth looking at. Are people tired of the event itself, particularly at ground zero, where the names of the victims are read aloud and the ceremony is covered locally by every major affiliate? Do they resent that public recognition of the 3,000 victims far exceeds that which has been given to victims of other recent tragedies and especially to those Or might they be disgusted with the endless wars and the endless warnings and the reminder that 9/11 sometimes seems to have changed everything and nothing.

The symbolism is wearying for certain but then again so is our tendency to make grandiose gestures. That doesn’t mean you can’t turn the symbol to your purpose. September 11 can be the day every year you do something positive for your community and register your good deed at www.mygoodeed.org. If you’re thinking globally these days, visit www.sfcg.org to support programs in conflict resolution or check out www.ourvoicestogether.org and help rebuild a life. Give money to Katrina relief or other emergency operations or your local women’s shelter. Then light a candle, say a prayer if you’re so inclined and trust me, my husband and the many other victims of the events of 9/11 and beyond will be more than honored.

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