September 11: Natural Disasters Threaten as we Remember 9/11

The attacks on 9/11 were unexpected, but America rose to the occasion. How unfortunate that we cannot do so in the face of COVID-19.

I am old enough to have been at work when the airplanes hit the twin towers.  A friend called me, and I turned on the TV in time to see the second plane.  Having left New York less than 10 years before, seeing the buildings collapse, the wall of ash, and the hordes of people walking uptown on streets I had once stood on made it very real for me.

Not much work got done that day.  Video streaming wasn’t a thing yet, so because I had one of the few TVs on the floor, so people kept coming in to watch for a few minutes and then go back to their desks and try to get some work done. 

I think it is a shame that they will not let the traditional memorial service be held this year.  It would do us well to remember how that attack united us as a country and even Democrats were proud to fly the flag and call themselves patriots.  (At least for a while.)

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