September 11, 2021 | 10:00 AM
9/11 Twentieth Anniversary Memorial Gathering
Saturday, 10:00am, September 11, 2021
The American evacuation from Afghanistan and its transition to Taliban control has made this twentieth anniversary emotionally difficult. So many lives were harmed or lost in what now seems like a fruitless effort at nation building. Dealing with an upsurge of the delta variant of COVID at the same time while remembering that terrible day 20 years ago adds insult to injury.
Rev. Trumbore will create an electronic space for us to be together on Zoom and share our emotions and stories. We will honor the memories of those who died for whom we had personal connections. We will mourn what the “War on Terror” has done to damage and deplete our nation and wreak havoc on the world.
We will also appreciate the service of those who have quietly protected us from another such attack. Airline travel is safer. Our borders are more secure. Yet we pay a hefty price for this security system that needs to be limited. Our nation is moving toward becoming a surveillance state just as China has become. That tightening will only take one more 9/11 style attack to become much more repressive. As we saw on January 6th, the greatest threats to democracy will not come from Jihadists. It will come from within.