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It's only been seven years

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By Jim Clark

Next Thursday is Sept. 11.

You DO remember Sept. 11, don't you?

As of this writing (Tuesday morning) I have not heard of any memorial ceremonies, etc., around here to commemorate that date, to remember the thousands of people who lost their lives in the worst terrorist attack in the continental U.S. ever, except that the mayor wants to make sure everyone flies a flag on that date.

At least the mayor hasn't forgotten.

It was seven years ago that two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, a third hit the Pentagon, and a fourth was crashed in Pennsylvania while trying to reach Washington, presumably to attack the Capitol Building. Thousands died when the WTC buildings collapsed.

Justice has been slow in coming for those who caused all that pain and anguish.

Just think, seven years after Pearl Harbor, we had already won World War II, we had destroyed two Japanese cities with nuclear weapons, we had brought most of our fighting men and women home.

Seven years after 9-11, we've had just a few scattered arrests and convictions, and those have been obtained with little fanfare.

To this day, we have Pearl Harbor ceremonies every year, even though it's about to become 68 years since the attack, and the number of those who remember it are, sadly, dwindling every year.

But we have few ceremonies to remember 9-11, and with the media, especially the bigger organizations, those are usually relegated to inside pages or late in the telecasts, with things like politics, especially this year, and football and baseball taking center stage.

I admit, up until several years ago, I used to wonder why the Pearl Harbor memories were dredged up each year. That attack happened before my time and I had trouble relating to it.

Well, now I think differently about 9-11. That happened in my lifetime, and I will never forget. I will do all I can to remind the public over the years. And 61 years from now, even though I will be gone, maybe someone else will be reminding people of that fateful fall day way back in 2001. Hopefully, there won't be a new tragedy then that the public will have to remember.

Hopefully our schools are doing things to remind the students of this bit of history that many of them remember.

So if you hear of anything going on next Thursday for the public, please take time to attend. Thousands of innocent people died that day, and they deserve to be remembered.

Jim Clark is the editor of the Williston Pioneer Sun News. He can be reached at editor@willistonpioneer.com.