Catherine Enos-Opinions Editor
September 11, 2001 was one of the most devastating days in US history. Around 2,753 people died, including nearly 400 first responders. In addition to those that were killed, thousands have contracted illnesses, such as the 70 types of cancer (many of which are related to the respiratory system) that have been caused as a result of exposure to Ground Zero.
The day that we’ve deemed “Patriot Day” should be a day of respect. Some say that Patriot Day hasn’t been deemed a “holiday” because it would soon be commercialized and the true horror of 9/11 would be forgotten. Instead, to pay our respects to those that lost their lives on September 11, Patriot Day is considered a national day of service and remembrance.
So it seems disrespectful when people call into question those terrible events that occurred on the anniversary of the attack. When people discuss who “really” orchestrated the event, whether it was a terrorist group or the US government, we disregard what a day of remembrance is really supposed to be about. Instead of paying respects to those that died, people are too concerned with arguing if the attacks were an “inside job” or not.
Though we are all entitled to our own opinion, we aren’t necessarily always going to be correct about it. When we spend September 11 theorizing about how it happened, we make the day about ourselves, and that’s not what it should be about.
We should remember the people that we lost that day. We should remember the people that are affected by the events every day of their lives— whether they lost a loved one, they were in the World Trade Center or the Pentagon, or were a witness to the event that still haunts them through respiratory diseases or post traumatic stress disorder. And we should remember those that worked hard to make sure they saved as many people as they could— the firefighters, the police officers, the doctors, the nurses and countless other everyday, ordinary people that were extraordinary heroes that day.