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. 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. Another 184 people were killed in the attack on the Pentagon. There were no survivors from any of the flights and the overwhelming majority of casualties were civilians, including nationals of over 70 countries.
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.