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Today. Again. (9-11 at 6)


"Today is the anniversary of the day that tore across our history and our hearts.  We come again as New Yorkers and as Americans to share a loss that can't be measured and to remember the names of those who can't be replaced. 

"This year, we have asked those who responded to the tragedy to help us lead the ceremonies, both the men and women in official uniform and the volunteers who said, 'Those are my neighbors.  Let me help.'

"On that day, we felt isolated, but not for long, and not from each other.  New Yorkers rushed to the site, not knowing which place was safe or if there was more danger ahead.  They weren't sure of anytyhing except that they had to be here. 

"Six years have passed, and our place is still by your side.  As the poet William Blake wrote centuries ago, 'Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too?'"

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, September 11, 2007

And so, Wolf, Larry, Brian, Katie, Charlie...  Please.  Don't tell us what it means.  Don't.  Even.  Try.

"... we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground."

Neither can your grinding dirges or all the grainy slow-motion you can throw into your CBSNBCABCMSNBCCNNFOX  "McEpic" Special Reports. 

Don't tell us what it means. 

"... the brave men*, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."  [*and women]

Joe's kids already said it all at his funeral, in the crayon drawing of their Dad playing golf in heaven. 

"... it is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced."

Mike's Dad still says it between the lines of the emails he sends now and again, and it's been in Mike's son's eyes in the last five Christmas cards.  It's also been etched on Lauren's Mom's face ever since her daughter became a young widow.

"... it is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us."

Just let us grieve, find our own meaning, hold on as tightly as we can... and move ahead together.

"... that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain."






In reverent and loving memory. 

May God hold you and your families in the palm of his hand.


[The searing image at the top of this entry was taken September 11, 2006 at Ground Zero by New York Daily News photoghapher David Handschuh, who covered that awful day and was badly injured after the South Tower collapsed.]

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