A Nation Still in Grief

September 11, 2001 was one of the most tragic days in the history of the United States.  A total of 2,973 innocent people lost their lives in an extreme act of terrorism that took place five years ago. Most people can remember where they were at the precise moment as they watched one of two planes fly directly into the World Trade Center.

Many commemorations will take place nationwide to honor the victims of 9/11 and their families.   Most of the events will occur in New York City, but other cities will also have candlelight vigils, prayer services and other special observances. Court TV will air “On Native Soil” on September 10th at 6 PM Eastern Standard Time.  CNN.com will air 9/11 footage on the Internet beginning at 8:30 AM on 9/11/2006, just as it was aired on the cable network on 9/11/2001.  Many thoughts and prayers are with the victims, survivors and their families.

The social and economic achievements of workers are recognized on Labor Day which takes place on September 4th.  Originally, Labor Day was started by labor unions as the “workingman’s holiday”.   Most people see this day as an opportunity to invite friends over for a BBQ and have one last cookout before the weather turns cold.   Many will tune in to ESPN to watch college football as number 11 ranked Florida State plays at number 12 ranked Miami.

The name “Rosh Hashanah” literally means “head of the new year”.  It is a time of introspection just as the American New Year on January 1st is used for making resolutions and changes.  In 2006, Rosh Hashanah begins before sunset on September 22nd and ends after sunset on September 24th.  No work is permitted during Rosh Hashanah and several traditional Jewish customs are practiced such as eating apples with honey to signify the wish for a sweet new year.

As people gather to celebrate Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah, may all remember those who lost loved ones on 9/11.  This should serve as a reminder to show extra appreciation and love to friends and family.  Life goes on… though; we should never forget the devastation of 9/11. Those who forget history are surely doomed to repeat it.

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