Kudos go to House Speaker John Boehner.
At today’s Congressional remembrance of Sept. 11, Boehner said: “Today we listen, and vow to never forget. To celebrate the greater good that comes from serving one another and standing shoulder-to-shoulder. And to carry on, come what may, to meet the unmet challenges and complete the unfinished work.”
A Congress that puts aside super-partisanship and works together for the common good is a fitting tribute to those murdered 11 years ago. Boehner can help make that happen. We’ll be watching.
New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg banned politicos at the World Trade Center site tribute. That was a good thing. Coming off the tenth anniversary of 9/11 -- and last year’s unspoken fear of another attack in the minds of many -- this year's tribute was very subdued.
Downtown traffic this morning was barely disrupted. Though police dogs patrolled the Times Square-Grand Central subway shuttle this morning, the number of machine gun toting cops in Grand Central was a fraction of previous years.
Nobody will ever forget the horror of 9/11, yet there is a sense that it’s time look forward rather than to the past. That feeling will grow even stronger with the completion of the long-delayed museum at Ground Zero and the move of 5,000 Conde Nast staffers into One World Trade Center sometime in 2014.
The WTC site will forever be hallowed ground, a sacred site similar to the Civil War Antietam/Sharpsburg battlefield (the 150th anniversary of the day in which 23,000 Americans were killed or wounded in 12 hours of fighting begins Sept. 15) and Pearl Harbor.
Life, however, goes on.