“9/11 is a part of me. It’s a part of all of us. People say, ‘Are you going to move on?’ And the answer is, we move forward, but it stays with us.” –Howard Lutinick, CEO, Cantor Fitzgerald
Selfishly, I was tired of hearing about 9/11. After a two week period of the non stop Hurricane Irene coverage (it’s coming, it’s here, it’s leaving), I was not looking forward to seeing Ann Curry asume her pious serious journalist expression as she talked to survivors, kids born that year, and familiy members of the ones who gave their lives. I didn’t want to see the conspiracy theorists break down how America did this to herself, or see the clever way the story could be covered such as Comcast featuring a story about how sports helped Philadelphia heal.
Then I was introduced to Tim O’Brien.
O’Brien wrote the war story The Things They Carried and How to Tell a True War Story among others. These two stories were discussed in my English Comp class this past Thursday, and not only did it bring me clarity in how to analyze the written word, it made me see that the events of 9/11 are so much more than the local news running nightly stories, the cable news outlets doing so called “in depth coverage” or bloggers (yeah I know this is one of them) writing a post.
O’Brien wrote that you never get over war. War is always around for people. Despite whatever tricks you think you have mastered, twenty years down the line you wake in the middle of the night with the memories fresh in your mind.
I see that the back to back coverage isn’t for me. It’s for those who survived that day in the forefront. Those who lost a loved one, those who made it out, those who had once lost their love of this country and had their faith renewed when we all bandied together.
This coverage is for The Then Girl who hid under the covers when a plane flew by at night, demanding I let her sleep with me; The Boy who will always have his birthday with the echoes of the Twin Towers; Queenie who cried herself to sleep for months afterward.
This coverage are for our brave men and women who sacrificed their lives today for freedom. Freedom from tyranny, oppression, fear.
This coverage is so we remember. . That we remember this country is great. That people, some innocent, some not, fought and died for their belief.
This coverage is so we don’t forget.