September 11: A Reflection On World Tragedies

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September 11 is a day Americans take pause. It is a day of tragedy and strength, remembrance and reflection. We are reminded of today’s date like a fresh wound, picking away at the healing process because it’s too soon for it to exist only in history books.

But in time, it will be just that. Another leaf in a 400-page book our children flip through in elementary school. A snapshot of a broken building meant to capture broken hearts, broken families and broken dreams.

Today something happened. But what about all the yesterdays?

What about all the has-beens, befores and pasts? What about gone tomorrows and futures that don’t last?

Have we already forgotten Syria and Libya, Sudan and Darfur? Have we blocked out Boko Haram and the Somali Civil War?

How do we do it, in a world full of sorrow? How do we remember the past but look to tomorrow?

Do we take all the history, the memories, the pain, do we live for today and stop placing blame?

Today something happened. But what about all the yesterdays?

A memorial at a Vigil for Peace in Fort Benning, GA remembering the thousands killed by graduates of the School Americas.
A memorial at the Vigil for Peace in Fort Benning, GA remembering the thousands killed by graduates of the School of the Americas.
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