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Dear Etiquette Amy,
With the ten year anniversary of September 11 approaching, I want to make plans for a remembrance celebration. It was such a horrible day for our country. In the days that followed, there was such a unity in our nation that I have truly missed, especially with the current economic situation that the USA is in. If only there was a way we could have bottled the closeness of our country to use in times like these when we desperately need something to pull us together again.
My question is how to plan an event to remember those days and honor those who lost their lives.
Your words truly touched me. If there was a way to have bottled that closeness, I wish we could have. But I think we can agree we never want to see another event that brought on that unity. I do feel that our precious country will come together for the anniversary and embrace the memories that still feel so fresh.
My advice to you and others is to work with your local towns and get involved with local memorials. If you truly want to be involved, this is where your work will reach the most people. We need passionate people involved in the planning and preparations of these events.
Also contact your local media and share with them about your passion to embrace that unity. Both radio and news stations have the power to play patriotic pieces that always have a way of bringing us together. They probably already have specials in the works, but voices like yours are what they may still be looking for to make the pieces more personal.
As for personal plans, plan a get together with friends that you were with that day. Being with those people and remembering the moments of that dreadful day and the days to follow will bring unity in your personal life. During this get together remember the events, but focus on how America came together and remember the love.
To honor the lives lost, consider donating to charities involved with helping the families of the victims or something as simple of planting a tree in honor of those lives.
Regardless of opinions of President George W. Bush, I will never forget a statement he made. He was out at ground zero talking to the rescue works on a bull horn and some were shouting “we can’t hear you”. His response: “But we can hear you!” Those are five words that I will never forget and I will always remember.
Blessing, Etiquette Amy
And may God continue to bless America
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