Having had my fill of the endless 9/11 coverage on television this past weekend, I was honestly looking forward to a quiet day at work when I arrived at my Middletown, NJ, train station this morning. That’s when I noticed preparations being made for a special 9/11 memorial observance.
Thirty-seven Middletown commuters perished in the World Trade Center disaster, more than any other tri-state town or village. In recognition of the victims, the township has built a special park right next to the train station that contains plaques and photographs of each of the 37 fallen commuters. It’s tastefully done and sets just the right mood for peaceful reflection.
The town has also planned several special events today, including a moment of silence for the fallen commuters. Which got me thinking. Why doesn’t Manhattan have official "city-wide" moments of silence? Why doesn’t the country?
Obviously, there were memorials, tributes and docudramas throughout the weekend, but no official, widespread moments of silence. And, walking around Manhattan this morning, it seemed to be just another work day. In fact, Manhattan really is two cities when it comes to 9/11: there’s downtown and the Ground Zero area, and then there’s everywhere else.
Why doesn ‘t New York City (and the country) declare official 9/11 moments of silence, probably at 8:46 and 9:03? All work, school and other activities would come to a stop in honor of the nearly 3,000 fatalities.
It’s a delicate discussion topic to be sure, but wouldn’t everyone feel better about official moments of silence? I know I would. And, it would certainly help bring the "two cities" together on this critically important day.