Not ready for big Sept. 11

While few people believe the significance of Sept. 11, 2001, should be forgotten, we as a culture seem to have difficulty deciding on how it should be remembered.

Certainly, it was a day when everything changed. Many lost loved ones in the attack on the World Trade Center. Far more were witness to that terrible day when the towers came down.

A new day appeared on the calendar, Patriots' Day, but its observance has ranged from a few dinners or services to silence.

Do a Web search for Patriots' Day and you'll find two dozen references to the legal holiday in Massachusetts, celebrating the battles of Concord and Lexington, before there's one reference to Sept. 11.

There were a few observances planned in the vicinity, including the Sierra Nevada Republican Women's dinner they've hosted every year in remembrance of the day. At Lake Tahoe there was a concert and the Veterans of Foreign Wars gathered.

It's individuals, like the family and friends of fallen Army helicopter pilot Joshua Rodgers, who bring the observance of the day down to the personal level.

And for now, perhaps, that's where most people are comfortable.


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