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The Fallen - Ten Years After
Beyond Politics And Ideology - Remembering People
There is a lot of controversy surrounding many things associated with the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. We debate, discuss and argue over some very important issues, and most of us can pinpoint what we were doing when the towers fell, when a large part of the Pentagon was destroyed and another entire planeload of people perished in Pennsylvania. We form our opinions, deal with our anger and grief, shake our fists at ideologies and examine how these events have affected our politics. With good reason we try to make sense of the lives lost and freedoms eroded in the aftermath.
But there is one thing that we should never forget, and that is the fact that at the core of these attacks were individuals much like you and me who went to work that morning with thoughts, plans, hopes and dreams that will never be realized.
As we reflect on how our lives have all been changed to one degree or another, let us not forget that the group we usually refer to as "victims" have names. Below is a link to a page where I have compiled a list of the names of every single individual that perished in the attacks, separated by location and designation where available. I urge each and every one of you to click the link and spend a few minutes scrolling through the names, understanding the sheer magnitude of the number of lives lost.
The purpose of a monument and memorial should not be the promotion of a political platform, nor should it be the promotion of an ideology or religious belief. It should be for the purpose of honoring those who gave their lives to save their fellow human beings, and to remember the lives of those who died. It's about people, no more, no less.
Here is your link:
THE FALLEN - REMEMBERING THOSE WE LOST ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
Al Stefanelli - Georgia State Director, American Atheists, Inc.