MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As I entered my pin at the Wells Fargo ATM a message flashed on the small video screen.
“We remember the victims of 9/11,” the screen said, and then went to my choices of how much to withdraw. My stomach flipped. It seemed crass, exploitive, a cheapening of a day of horror and heroism that we should all remember not just this weekend but every day.
So many other remembrances are touching and heartfelt. There is the local Lutheran pastor who started a national movement by announcing on Facebook that she will stand on a street corner this weekend with a cardboard sign bearing a message of love and hope. There is a beautiful People Magazine cover story on the children whose mothers were pregnant on 9/11 and whose fathers died. There are countless articles out this week recalling the selflessness and the unity of a nation in the aftermath of the tragedy.
That unity is long gone. The bi-partisan spirit that rose from the rubble is now buried permanently. Yes we remember the victims and all that we lost that day. For a brief moment after 9/11, we seemed to have gained something. And the loss of that spirit compounds the tragedy of a day that shattered us all.