“Celebrating” 9/11?

So, I just got this postcard in the mail touting “HUGE FIREWORKS DISPLAY!!” across the top in an attempt to lure people to the church’s campus to “commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11”.

Now, I sound a bit overly-sensitive here, but I have always associated fireworks with celebration.

According to Wikipedia:

Nearly 3,000 victims and all the 19 hijackers died in the attacks.[4] Among the 2,753 victims who died in the World Trade Center were 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority, and 8 private emergency medical technicians and paramedics.[5] Another 184 people were killed in the attack on the Pentagon.[6] There were no survivors from any of the flights and the overwhelming majority of casualties were civilians, including nationals of over 70 countries.[7]

There is nothing to celebrate in this!

The invitations, sent out by a St Louis-area non-denominational Christian megachurch, went out to thousands throughout the St Louis area. . .undoubtedly to anyone who ever passed through their doors, whether is was for a service, a special event, or even provided information to them online.   It reads

“Join us for food, bounce houses for the kids, music, colorguard, a huge professional FIREWORKS display and the release of hundreds of sky lanterns to honor the heroes of 9/11”

I’m sorry, but that sounds more like a fall-fest than a “commemoration”.  Will there be beer and clowns too?  What about jugglers? (No mimes, they creep me out)

This is a church, for crying out loud!  How about a little prayer?  The victim’s families will need it…as will the first responders.   I know I sure as heck will need it that day!  September 11, 2001 was my generation’s Kennedy moment.  I can not forget one single moment of that day…right down to every little detail.  I am thankful for that, as it has molded me and my family into who we are and how we live our lives.  My children will live that morning for the first time next Sunday at 7:46am CST as they watch A&E’s 102 Minutes that Changed America with me.  I do this not because I want to scare them, but because I want them to understand the scope of it all.

We lived through sheer terror in all of that.  I personally did not sleep for 3 days, as I could not walk away from the tv.  In the end, we came out stronger on the other side.  This is why we fight.  This is why I’m raising my children to be even stronger than I am…because I am determined to make sure nothing like 9/11 never happens again.

We will pray, we will not mock the situation with balloons and bouncehouses.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not going to this “commemoration”. . .I’ll be too busy asking God for the protection and restoration of America.

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2 Responses to ““Celebrating” 9/11?”


  1. 1 sept11epicpoet September 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Dear fellow blogger,
    10 years ago this week many people watched as airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in downtown New York, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Hundreds of innocents perished because of the hatred of a handful of people whom they had never met before.
    Perhaps you know what it is like to suffer tragedy in your life even if you were not one of the many who lost family that day. Perhaps you feel like an airplane has crashed into your heart, and that your dreams and hopes have come crashing down. If that’s the case I do not claim to have answers for all the questions you may have. But I do know where you can find the hope you need. God can save you not only from being a victim of someone else’ hatred, but also from being a perpetrator. All people have been terrorized to some extent by those around them, and all people are guilty of terrorizing others. But God wants to both forgive you for your sins (2 Peter 3:9) and to give you a home in heaven where there will be no more pain (Revelation 21:4).
    There is much in this world that is out of our control. We can never know ahead of time if someone may try to kill us, or if we will die by some natural means. But if we trust in Jesus for salvation we can be sure that we will spend eternity with God after we die (I John 5:13). That is because Jesus has already died for our sins (Romans 5:8-9). If you accept this free gift by believing and repenting you will be saved (Acts 17:30-31). But if you reject this gift you reject the only way to escape God’s wrath (II Thessalonians 1:7). God loves you, but He also loves the people you hurt, and He will avenge them by punishing you if you are too unfeeling too admit how much you have sinned against them.
    Thanks for listening to my message. I hope that you have a peaceful week and that God will lead you to eternal peace of the soul.
    Sincerely,
    Daniel

  2. 2 The KellyJaye September 5, 2011 at 2:37 am

    No, you are not being ‘overly sensitive.’ It is not a ‘holiday’ like Independence Day, and the official designation is ‘Patriot Day.’
    In 2009, Obama ‘hijacked’ the day and renamed it “9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance,” proclaiming that it ushers in “a new era in which volunteering and more service is a way of life for all Americans.”

    With prayer and reflection, you are correct in how this day should be observed.

    The ‘official’ guideline in observing Patriot Day:
    “The flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings in the whole world. The flag should be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many people observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). This marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special church services or prayer meetings. People who personally experienced the events in 2001 or lost loved ones in them, may lay flowers or visit memorials. “


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