Thursday, September 11, 2008
This article from WISH TV in Indianapolis points out something I hadn't noticed - the gradual move from 9/11 being a "memorial day" with no events scheduled to a day not unlike any other on the sports calendar.
Of course, there will be tasteful memorial ceremonies at the games. There are living families who lost relatives at the World Trade Center. However, the games will take place as scheduled.
I don't know if the author is correct, but the author claims that this is the first day since 9/11/2001 that the WNBA has actually scheduled games on 9/11. Baseball is of course scheduling games and I believe it has scheduled games on 9/11 for a long time. I suspect that if 9/11 fell on Saturday or Sunday, the college or pro football schedules would remain unaffected.
I think this is a good thing, of course. The best response to terrorism is not to have the terrorists disrupt one's daily routine.
However, I'm sure children born after 9/11 are going to see the whole remembrance thing as a bit odd. As time passes, 9/11 will become less and less significant. In about sixty-five years, 9/11 will be about as significant as 12/7 is to us today. (December 7th is the anniversary of the Japanese attack on an American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.) What people forget is that life simply moves on, no matter how much we might expect or wish otherwise.