Definitely not as much attention being paid to September 11th in 2009 as in years past. Even in my workplace, this is the first year there is no short memorial service is being held. So let's hold our own memorial services where ever we are, and pray silently for the 3,000 lives lost, their devastated families, the hundreds of dead firefighters and policemen who rushed into burning skyscrapers and sacrificed their lives to save others, and the tens of thousands of men and women in uniform who are fighting to keep us safe today. A media compilation of that horrible day (hat tip to the Vicious Babushka):
I'd also say a prayer of thanks to President Bush, who prevented another attack on our country during his time in office. (Unlike Spain, Indonesia, England, Pakistan, to name just a few places that have suffered terrorist bombings in the intervening years). I'd also pray for President Obama that he do what it takes to match Bush's success in preventing a terrorist attack on our soil.
Finally, a prayer for the parents, family and friends of Chris Michael Kirby. His smiles, laughter and jokes are surely greatly missed by them. I first found about about Chris in 2006 when I participated in the 911 Remember project. Chris, nicknamed Happy, would have been 29 this year. The death of someone so young (only 21 when he was killed) goes against nature. The pain of a young person's death doesn't seem to lessen much with time, if anything the loss seems even greater as time passes. Resquiat en pace, Chris.