Today is the 10th anniversary of the worst day of terrorism in American history. The first plane hit one of the World Trade Center towers at 8:46; the second plane hit the other tower at 9:03. On one of my other blogs I’ve posted a video at the time of the first plane attack giving some thoughts there. This one is posting at the time the second plane hit.

The third plane hit the Pentagon at 9:37. The fourth plane, the one with the bravest individuals ever because they knew they weren’t going to live, crashed in the fields near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03. What few people knew is that two military aircraft were sent to fly into the airplane to bring it down because neither plane had ammunition; that would have been a major tragedy as well.

Ten years later, there have been a lot of changes. There will be a number of ceremonies of tribute. There’s finally something to look at around Ground Zero; it’s not finished, but it’s not just a big hole anymore. There will be new movies and old movies and documentaries galore.

There will also be festivals and such all over the country that have nothing to do with what happened 10 years ago. Here in Syracuse there’s something called Scare-a-Cuse, a horror and science fiction convention. There’s Disney’s Lion King, two shows. There will be football. In other words, just another day.

Life moves on. Many people have moved on to a degree. You can bet every football game will have some quick tribute to those who lost their lives on that day. The New York Giants are in Washington; the Dallas Cowboys are in New York playing the Jets. It’s amazing no one thought to have a football game in Pennsylvania on this day. And the two baseball games in play are in Washington and in New York, the Mets instead of the Yankees. This time the Pirates are home; maybe they’ll do something special.

Personally I think this is a good thing. We’ve been angry for a long time; I know I have. I’m not angry this year. I will watch some tributes, not watch some things I might not be ready for, and will probably watch some football. I don’t think we’ve moved on, we’ve just found a way to cope. That’s how it is with my grandmother and my father, and how it is with life in general.

We really are survivors, aren’t we? How do you feel today?
 

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