On the 12th anniversary of 9/11, America is considering another military engagement in the Middle East. While our president and leaders debate our options, it is appropriate that we ask: What is the best way to remember September 11?
The 9/11 Memorial offers practical ways to commemorate the day on its website. The Washington National Cathedral Commemoration will “call on Americans to honor the memories of those who were lost, heal the wounds caused by terrorism and war, and gain new strength to move forward as a nation.” A special service will be held at the Pentagon Memorial. And a moment of silence will be held at 9:37 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.
“Points of Light,” an organization formed in response to President George H. W. Bush’s call to service, will mark the anniversary in a very proactive way. Their “9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance” seeks to “mobilize thousands of people in disaster preparedness training and building the capacity of nonprofit organizations to equip and mobilize volunteers in times of disaster.”
Still another way to respond to 9/11 is through music. An album titled “here/after (songs of lost voices)” tells the stories of 9/11 survivors from around the country. They express their feelings about lost loved ones as they sort through belongings left behind.
However, not all events held today will be so positive. For instance, a YouTube video calls on Muslim hackers around the world to attack American and Israeli websites.
The American Muslim Political Action Committee has planned a “Million Muslim March” on the White House. The group will “demand that our civil rights be protected by our government.” Their website now calls the event a “Million American March Against Fear.” (In response, thousands of biker groups seeking to pay their respects to the victims and heroes of 9/11 are planning to show up for the “2 Million Bikers to DC” rally.) And Terry Jones, infamous for his Qur’an-burning events in the past, is planning a “worldwide burning of 2,998 Qurans” for September 11 (one for each person who died).
Churches across the land and around the world are holding special services today. Since many have Wednesday prayer services, they will be focusing on the significance and legacy of this day as they pray.
In your opinion, what are the best ways we can remember 9/11? Please share your thoughts on our website. And remember the source of true peace: “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing” (C. S. Lewis).