EDITORIAL DAY OF INSPIRATION ONE WAY AMERICANS CAN RISE ABOVE 9/11 POLITICS ; One Way Americans Can Rise above 9/11 Politics

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EDITORIAL DAY OF INSPIRATION ONE WAY AMERICANS CAN RISE ABOVE 9/11 POLITICS ; One Way Americans Can Rise above 9/11 Politics


By the time more than a decade has gone by, most national calamities have faded into history, events to be marked but no longer acted upon. It's different with 9/11.

The Islamic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, still influence the United States' politics, animate its military and fill its travelers with rage and chills. After sweeping commemorations on the 10th anniversary, the expressions of sadness and soul-searching have barely receded on the 11th anniversary today.

The occasion continues to challenge the nation.

The big challenge remains to be united, not divided, by the tragedy.

One way to use the moment as an inspiration for better things is to follow the suggestion of a Newport Beach-based group to make each Sept. 11 "a day of charitable service and doing good deeds." The nonprofit organization MyGoodDeed promotes the idea, and says millions of Americans participate each year.

The roots of 9/11 Day are nonpartisan. It has been supported by President George W. Bush and President Obama, and its founders, David Paine and Jay Winuk, were spurred by the loss of Winuk's brother Glenn, an attorney and volunteer firefighter who was among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the World Trade Center.

The website 911day.org has information, including how to sign up for local volunteer efforts (which don't necessarily require volunteers to be available today).

For the families who lost loved ones, the memory of 9/11 is acute every day, and they deserve special consideration on the anniversaries.

With that in mind, the directors of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum decided that this year's ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center would not include speeches by politicians but instead would feature only a reading of victims' names by relatives. …

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