In New York City on Saturday there were Memorial services to those who lost their lives in the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

There were beautiful moments that spoke to the great lost we all still feel for those who lost their lives, and their families.

The most poignant memorials are those created by the people.  In this picture New Yorker’s wrote their thoughts and prayers in chalk on the pavement in New York City’s Union Square on Sept. 14, 2001. 

 

The best memorial I can think of would be just a simple bed of flowers, one for each person who died.

What do you think the memorial on ground zero in New York City should be?

Congress has designated September 11 as National Day of Service and Remembrance Day.  I think a fitting memorial to the victims of 9/11 would if all Americans spent the day performing some type of community work.  No College sports, NFL, PGA, or MLB.  No photo ops for politicians.  Just every body reaching out to their neighbors.

We can’t seem to do anything collectively as a nation without some controversy.  One guy, with about 50 followers, was able to hijack the headlines by saying he was going to burn the Koran (Qur’an).  Why did anybody give this guy any publicity.  Now the world knows the name Terry Jones.  How many remember the name of one person who died on 9/11?

We have made a great deal of progress on the issue of diversity.  The America I grew up in, 1940’s and 1950’s, was a far more segregated country than it is today.  Now the vast majority of Americans live, and work, with people of all religious and ethnic groups every day, with no problems.  The Congress we voted into office in 2008 is the most diverse in our history.  Even one from my team got elected, Atheist Pete Stark, from California of course.

Pastor Terry Jones no more represents Americans, or Christians, than Osama bin Laden represents Muslims.

A better memorial for the front page of the news would just be a list of the names of those died that day in 2001.

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