September 11

A quick check of the calendar may prove to be quite surprising as you see that somehow, someway it’s already September.

But before you get too caught up in fall foliage and thinking about where this year could possibly have gone, stop for a moment and check that calendar again. You will see that this coming Tuesday is Sept. 11, a day we swore we would never forget. It was another Tuesday 11 years ago when fanatics attacked us and took the lives of close to 3,000 people, including 26 from or with close ties to Greenwich, and in many ways more than a decade later this has become just a regular day on the calendar, maybe with a little extra reflection but then pushed to the side as we move on with the priorities of our days.

That’s a natural thing and in some ways healing. After all, the business of the world goes on and if we were to stop everything that we do because of this event then the goal of those who wanted to terrorize us into stopping what makes us uniquely American will have been realized. In the years that have passed since Sept. 11, 2001, movies have been released on that day, new music comes out, books are published, TV shows premiere, and we go on with the little daily things that make up living our lives.

This year in particular, the temptation is to make Sept. 11 just another day. Last year at this time we were marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks and with that came all the media attention of the tragedy, the recovery and the triumph of the American spirit over maniacs. But this year there has been none of that and each year more and more young people either were too young to realize what happened or weren’t born when it had. For them the day is one like Dec. 7, 1941 is for most of us. It’s an event that only lives as a concept in their minds.

It’s easy to take this date as you would any other. After all, we have jobs. There are kids that we need to get to school. There are political conventions to distract us. There’s a pennant race in New York and it’s the start of the NFL season this week. It’s understandable that this isn’t first and foremost in our minds.

But we cannot forget. And we will not. Greenwich is a community that felt these attacks on a deeply personal level and Greenwich has a proud tradition of marking this date with solemn remembrance as well as strength that acts like this that are beyond our comprehension will not beat us. We will stand up to terror and fear and we will embrace those who feel grief.

This year the ceremony will be Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall with music, special prayers, a salute, a wreath presentation and the moving candle-lighting that is a tradition here. We all have busy lives, but taking time to come to this ceremony and showing your support for our local families whose lives were devastated is the least we can do.

It shows Greenwich’s true character that this is such a well attended event each year. So come out and show those in our community for whom this will never just be another day on the calendar that we are there for them.

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