It’s September 11th, and I just don’t have the heart to bitch about politics today.
I sometimes wonder when this date will lose its immensity, its weight. Surely, some would say never, but I have to wonder. The day we recognize another pivotal moment in our history has, for many, become just another day; one where active remembrance and homage has long since given way to a footnote on our calendars and a special on the History Channel.
In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, ask yourself this question: What date is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day?
Clearly, they’re different events – I get it. But, they’re not entirely different. Both saw an unexpected, unprecedented attack. More than 2,000 American citizens died at Pearl Harbor, with more than 1,000 wounded. And, while the events of December 7th didn’t cause us to enter the war, it quickly became the rallying cry and justification for doing so. Any of this sound familiar?
And now, years later, many folks can’t answer the question above. Time and distance, I guess. So, again, I have to wonder: how much time, distance, or both needs to pass before the import of this day also fades? When does today become a footnote?
photo by JRABX