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What is the best way to memorialize 9/11?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 11, 2011

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“All 50 states got steel from the Twin Towers for memorials. It’s a great way to connect the country.”

Photo of Az Klymiuk

“Promote the understanding of different beliefs and cultures.”

Photo of Jeff Omang

“Have a moment of silence in your office or school.”


Terry Sexton 6 years, 8 months ago

Az has it exactly right. Nicely stated, too.

independent_rebel 6 years, 8 months ago

And I hope Az travels over the Muslim countries to teach them that, as that is where the true lack of understanding of different beliefs and cultures lies--not here.

jackpot 6 years, 8 months ago

Why not remember and bring back the feeling of being united in the weeks that followed.

waka3 6 years, 8 months ago

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RoeDapple 6 years, 8 months ago

Couple of trolls. And not even good at it.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

There were a total of 60,000,000 people that died in World War II. That is 60 million!

The people that died in Hiroshima were only a tiny fraction of that number.

Of course, we all know that Germany's invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1939 was entirely the responsibility of the United States.

And it's obvious that Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 was due to careful scheming from Washington, D.C.


Crazy_Larry 6 years, 8 months ago

There are some who believe the USA had foreknowledge of the attacks and did nothing. Robert Stinnett wrote a book about what he found via FOIA requests... Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor

"According to Robert Stinnett, author of Simon & Schuster’s Day Of Deceit, we have the proof. Stinnett’s book is dedicated to Congressman John Moss, the author of America’s Freedom of Information Act. According to Stinnett, the answers to the mysteries of Pearl Harbor can be found in the extraordinary number of documents he was able to attain through Freedom of Information Act requests. Cable after cable of decryptions, scores of military messages that America was intercepting, clearly showed that Japanese ships were preparing for war and heading straight for Hawaii. Stinnett, an author, journalist, and World War II veteran, spent sixteen years delving into the National Archives. He poured over more than 200,000 documents, and conducted dozens of interviews. This meticulous research led Stinnet to a firmly held conclusion: FDR knew."

jonas_opines 6 years, 8 months ago

Pearl Harbor didn't really happen in a vacuum, any more than 9/11 did. While it's untrue to say that it was a result of DC scheming, as you say, both of them were actions at least partially motivated from the results of our foreign policy decisions, over multiple generations, prior to the events themselves.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

What is the best way?

Bring the troops home and stop the killing.

To be sure never again elect republicans to office. Not only did they not protect america from a few radicals extremists they lied about WMD's in Iraq and:

Allowed a Wall Street Bank Fraud scam on consumers equaling $$ trillions, lost millions of jobs, jeopardized retirement plans and medical insurance coverage.

Then implied several banks were in danger when ONLY 3 financial institutions were at risk so why $700 billion in bail out money? = One more of the biggest lies perpetrated to Amercan citizens = DUPED big time.

Then introduced tax cuts which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = DUPED again.

  1. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = DUPED one more time.

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

• Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents.

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 8 months ago

Good stuff (as usual), but you should consider democans and republicrats as basically one and the same. The two party system offers us an illusion of choice.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

“Promote the understanding of different beliefs and cultures.”

— Az Klymiuk, botany Ph.D student, Lawrence Photo of Christina Hodel

“Physical memorials are great, but actions can be a memorial too. If you start with something small, such as putting peace or leadership training in schools, it will branch out into something bigger.”

— Christina Hodel, film and media Ph.D student, Lawrence

Excellent and thoughtful comments!!!

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago


We, the women of Greece and Turkey. We came together in order to challenge and to transform the relations between our two countries… We, the women of Turkey and Greece. We joined our hands in order to create and to work together. We hugged women from both North and South of Cyprus, in order to achieve empowerment of women, equality, economic and social justice. We joined our experiences, our forces, our capability, our creativity, our ability and our empathy in order to build a culture of peace. All this started when a sea accident brought the two countries to the brink of war!

Liberty275 6 years, 8 months ago

“Promote the understanding of different beliefs and cultures.”

I'd say promote tolerance. You may not agree or embrace another's beliefs, and should not be afraid to speak your mind, but resorting to violence because of disagreements in belief or philosophy is folly and not acceptable a million or two years after we climbed out of the trees.

Understanding is virtually impossible without living decades of lives of others, so it isn't going to happen.

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