On the Anniversary of 9/11

I’m sure I’m not the only British person who has to think twice about the date of 9/11 because we habitually use the order day, month, year (in despite of Hart’s Rules) for recording dates. For many people the events of 9/11 are now a rather shadowy memory. For those who lost family or friends it can be a painfully lonely anniversary. They still grieve, but the rest of the world has moved on to other tragedies, other enormities. To remember what happened, to pray for those who died, to allow both the horror and the hope that followed in its wake to move us is to acknowledge our common humanity. Here in the monastery we shall be joining in prayer with all who remember this day and desire a world in which peace and mutual love and respect triumph over the will to destroy.

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6 thoughts on “On the Anniversary of 9/11”

  1. I have very mixed feelings about this date. Firstly it is my beloved sons birthday. A wonderful day 49 years ago I felt it was what I had been born for, to raise this child to the best of my ability.
    Secondly it was with horror I watched the news from New York that day in 2001.
    Prayers and thoughts for the world which was changed for ever.

  2. Amen. The anniversary of violent death is both painful and lonely for those who still remember while others have moved on. An anniversary shared by so many victims is publicly recalled but an individual victim is likely to be mourned by only friends and family … May they all rest in peace.

  3. I joined the Royal Air Force in 1955 and in our service writing lessons we were told to date things day/month/year and to always put the month in words not figures. This was to avoid ambiguities about dates. So 9/11 American style would always be 11 Sep (month usually written as a three letter group). I still do this. However I find that many letters from businesses or officialdom simply omit any mention of date at all.

  4. We also remember the first responders of 9/11, the police and fire fighters, many of whom were terribly injured, and many of whom are now ill and/or dying as a result of their contact with all the toxic and combustible materials. Their sufferings continue.

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