Gemini is too young to remember why the humans are walking around doing remembrances, but I remember my human watching the news and watching what happened.
Five years ago, I remember her getting up and thinking as the newscaster brought us up to date, What an idiot to miss the World Trade Center? And then hearing about the other tower and the pentagon (we live in the west). At that point she looked at us as we napped on her bed (awaiting her getting up) "Didn't I read this in a Nelson DeMille novel? Or was it someone else?"
She went out to turn on the television and saw the tragedy unfold throughout the day. She watched Peter Jennings talk about the imminent falling of the tower as the tower came down behind him--having to be prodded to look behind him. Even that early, he looked weary or maybe it was just shock.
She listened and she watched. She watched a lot of heros that day.
Five years later, we have lost almost as many heros in Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. Osama Bin Laden is still free and still making videos. Our port security has been tightened but the costly things that really will make us safer have not been put into practice and our government doesn't seem to want to lead us in security at home.
The people in the US are suprisingly resilient, suprisingly heroic when they see a need. No one cared to ask if another person were a good American or not. Were they republican or democrat, cleaning lady or stock broker. We just rushed to aid. It was one of our finest hours in many years and it was not because of our government but because of our people. We are good people. We are a strong people. Let's demand this year, that our government reflect who we are.
First let's remember all those who have died.