Hope amid horror: remembering 9/11
September 11, 2001
That date has been burned into our country’s memory along with December 7, November 22, and April 20. If you were alive for the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President Kennedy, or the killings at Columbine High School, you know exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news.
Two small numbers—9/11—have become shorthand for an infinite number of emotions: the shock and disbelief of watching the terrorist attack on live TV, the horror of watching the twin towers collapse upon themselves, the national grief as the number of confirmed casualties grew to over 2,800, the growing realization that we are no longer beyond the reach of terrorist attacks, and perhaps most of all, the fact that those who remember where they were on that date, will never, ever be the same.
On this 20th anniversary of that life-changing event, here some thoughts in remembrance of that day:
• September 17, 2001: We are strong. We will survive
• September 9, 2002: What we haven’t learned from 9/11
• September 11, 2005: Can “war on terrorism” be won?
• September 11, 2006: Hope amid horror
• Are Christianity and Islam “peaceful” religions?
• Dealing with death and grief
• Talking to children about war, terrorism, school violence
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