There are few occasions in a lifetime that can evoke the memory of what you were doing at that specific moment in time. This is one of them.
When you look back on the changes that have occurred in your own life over the past seven years, it’s amazing that time has passed by so quickly.
What are the politicians doing today?
Barack Obama and John McCain, will appear together at ground zero in New York. Their campaigns agreed to halt television advertising critical of each other for the day. It just wouldn’t be very cool to talk about lipstick today.
President Bush acknowledged a moment of silence at the White House, at 8:46 a.m. — the exact time that terrorists slammed the first of two jetliners into the World Trade Center. The Pentagon was struck about an hour later.
President Bush will also observe the anniversary at the Pentagon dedicating a memorial that has 184 benches over small reflecting pools, representing each life lost when American Airlines Flight 77 flew into the symbol of U.S. military.The Pentagon ceremony will include a wreath laying, music and a reading of the names of the 184 who died .
Are we still threatened?
According to the Homeland Security website, The United States government’s national threat level is Elevated, or Yellow.
The U.S. threat level is High, or Orange, for all domestic and international flights. Only small amounts of liquids, aerosols and gels are allowed in carry-on baggage. The site acknowledges that there is no credible, specific intelligence suggesting an imminent threat to the homeland at this time. However, they are closely assessing potential threats and response planning leading into and following the electoral process in 2008 to 2009.
Does the average American remember or even follow this warning system? Probably not.
Could 911 ever happen again?
Let’s put it this way, who ever thought it would happen in the first place?
The one thing that we can all agree on, despite the conflicts of war, rebuilding, etc, is that as a nation we can come together to remember the attack and the innocent people who were taken and their surviving families. Like Pearl Harbor and the death of JFK, we will remember it yearly and remember what we were doing when we heard the news. But, like everything else, life will go on.