A day of remembrance

President Bush has issued a formal proclamation that designates Sept. 11 as Patriot Day to honor those who died in the terrorist attacks.

"I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services and candlelight vigils," the president's proclamation said.

Bush also asked that all state and government officials display the flag at half-staff, and all Americans are urged to do the same in homes and workplaces.

Additionally, the president requested the observance of a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. EDT, when the first of the four hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center.

There have arguably been darker days in our nation's history, but none so recent that it continues to weigh on our minds like this. With that in mind, Bush's requests, however noble or well-intended, seem to be a little short of enough.

But what is enough? Is there such a thing? Will any amount of observance or honor make us feel any better or make us understand any more?

That's up to every American to decide individually. We can take every Sept. 11 and use it as a day of reflection. We can use it as a day of mourning. We can use it as a day of remembrance. We can do all of those things with this day.

That privilege -- that freedom -- will never be taken away.


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