Naturally, there are scores of events around here scheduled to commemorate September 11. Most of them are prayer/vigil/service/mass things at churches. That’s what we do when we grieve or remember heroes. But somehow, the tone of it doesn’t sit well with me. The big focus seems to be lifting up any firefighters and police officers, in spite of the fact that most in my area, and probably in yours too, had nothing to do with the rescue efforts at the WTC, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. And it seems we’re still stuck in this knee-jerk, superficial, patriotic fervor that accepts anything and anyone draped in red, white and blue. That’s why some folks are salty that the Boss is singing American Skin (41 Shots) on his tour.
All that to ask – does anyone have any alternative ideas about a way to mark the date? I’m not looking for protests, but a way to memorialize the dead, but not fall into jingoism. I’ll post any ideas I hear about (so send ’em on!).