If you read no other tribute, no other remembrance on this painful day, do yourself a favor and let Gerard Van der Leun's brilliance shine a bit of sorrowful and breathtaking light on your soul.
There are many good people, good writers out there in the blogosphere doing what they can today to make sure some crass political parasite does not steal the somber reflection that is due to those lost on 9/11. Of all the bloggers and pundits however, Gerard stands head and shoulders above and his perspective and poetry, his mastery and discipline of craft all serve him, and his readers, well.
For some reason, our national mood seems more ready to mourn than in years past. I do not think that some political grave-robber can successfully wrest our national sorrow and turn it into shame. I don't think he can, but it won't stop him from trying. Please don't let him. Remind everyone you see today, especially those who supported this thief, that you will never forget that there are people who hated us that day, and still do, and that you hope those people are not our fellow citizens.
Never forget. Speak up.
Further thoughts upon seeing that awful and lovely tribute site yet linked just above, again, in its entirety:
And we're worried about a man yelling, "You lie!" in the Hall of the People? Mr. Wilson sheepishly walked back from his passionate outburst after the first bit of criticism.
May we never walk back our passionate and correct assessment of the day's events on 9/11.
Mike Wilson's first-hand account of his escape from the Towers is just gripping and haunting.