Today is the day many Americans will signal (any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message) their nationalism by displaying pictures of the World Trade Center, the United State flag, NYFD logos, or yellow ribbons. Given the current climate, such signalling probably is wise as anyone like me who fails to appropriately signal can be viewed as a traitor. Unwilling to explicitly state hate and needing to show solidarity with those who do, people will opt for the subtle support.
I remember feeling sad for families who lost loved ones.
I remember hoping few of those who witnessed the events had sufficient emotional support and would avoid suffering Post Traumtic Stress Disorder.
I remember people writing or sayings the only terrorists are Muslims. They were completely oblivious that Timothy McVeigh was executed 3 months to the day earlier for committing the most recent terrorist bombing on United States soil.
Of course, I blogged about 9/11.
Anger, hate, and fear are destructive emotions. Nothing good comes from them. Good comes from deciding to go beyond them. Until then the terrorists really have won.