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A Moment For September 11th

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I'm sure you've read or seen a few of today's September 11th articles. Last year was the 10th anniversary, and it also happened to occur on the first Sunday of the 2011 NFL season. This year, the "remembrance" and "never forget" stuff seems a bit more muted because, again, this isn't an anniversary.

However, it does have some significance because, very soon, the new World Trade Center tower will be completed. I've seen it under construction for months, and I must admit it is startling. For years, I'd gotten used to seeing nothing but sky when I looked down 5th or 6th Avenue. Now, there is this massive, awe-inspiring building that is taller than anything else in New York City.

Personally, I find the 9/11 Memorial a bit more appropriate for that area. I understand that a new tower means more money and investment in lower Manhattan. Some view the tower as a gigantic middle finger to terrorism. Personally, I think that misses the point.

For me, the lesson of 9/11 is not to forget, remember, or avenge anything. It's to not let fear dominant your life. That's what I have always learned from that day, and the time that has followed. I learned that the best way to battle terror was to not allow it to consume me. It's a daily battle, and the enemies are ignorance, hatred, bigotry, and arrogance. All of those are the children born of terror. Overcoming them is the best way I can think of to remember 9/11.

As always, thanks for reading. Enjoy the rest of your day. Go Colts