I'd like to commemorate the nearly 3,000 people who died five years ago in the tragic terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. That misleadingly sunny morning is arguably the most memorable for my generation so far. I hope that the families of those who died in New York, metropolitan Washington, and Pennsylvania, where I also have family and friends, are able to take comfort in knowing that everyone in the U.S. remembers their loss.
Without engaging here in political debate, I do hope that we can remain vigilant against the threat of terror, international or home-grown, and that the root causes — poverty, militarism, and religious fundamentalism — are addressed globally. Liberty and justice for all should be our goals. Peace, -Gene