Yahoo has come up with a site that allows people to create a tribute tile to remember the lives that were lost in the terrorist attacks. Everyone is trying to do something to express their feelings, whether it be a moment of silence, paintings, singing Mozart’s Requiem, driving with your headlights on or making a 3,000 square foot mural.
If you’ll permit me to rise onto a soapbox for a minute, remembering last year’s attacks will not change the fact that they happened. My hope is that we can learn from them and take actions which will avoid similar tragedies in the future. Dwelling on the past is a natural inclination, but not necessarily wise. The biggest honor we could pay to those who died is to become better people. If the activities of today cause you to express love to a family member, smile at a stranger, stop for someone trying to cross the street or help someone out in any way, they will have been a success. Simple, daily acts can make a permanent change in our society, whereas a public event paying tribute to those who died will soon be forgotten. If we revert to our self-absorbed lifestyles of September 10, 2001 and before, the efforts to remember those who lost their lives will have come and gone in vain.