Six Years Later

It’s practically impossible to consider the fact that 9/11 has caused further death and destruction nearly six years after the horrific event took place.  But on Saturday this reality hit home; two firefighters lost their lives, adding more innocent souls to the death toll. We can all remember the imagery presented by American media that fateful day, but for most of us these images have faded over the years (although we are reminded each September 11th when American media outlets air the infamous footage of al-Qaeda piloted planes crashing into the once mighty towers).  When I encountered yesterday’s story about the massive fire in lower Manhattan’s Deutsche Bank building, I had instant flashbacks.

These two firefighters became trapped in the building, which is currently being deconstructed due to damage it sustained on the September 11th attacks, and passed away following the incident.

"Both firefighters were in FDNY Ladder Company 5, which also lost firefighters in the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center."

It’s unbelievable that after all this time, two more lives are lost.  It causes me to wonder where bin Laden is.  After all, we’ve been "searching" for him for six years now.  It also instills a certain wonder regarding how torn our nation has become as a result of 9/11 and differences in opinion regarding how to handle international and domestic issues following the tragedy.  This "wonder," of course centers on how much longer we can remain so splintered as a people.

It’s time we reflect on what we lost that day — and on what two more families have lost as the result of hate and unimaginable evil.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: We’re not all that different; some of us simply disagree on what must be done in order to maintain the peace, both domestically and internationally.

Yesterday was a reminder of so much pain.  With that said, it also spawned memories of just how close we came together as a people.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the additional families who lost loved ones in this weekend’s continuation of horror.