2007_09_wtcmemorial.jpgThe other day, the NY Times examined the various feelings about September 11 commemoration events, as next Tuesday is the sixth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, and the interesting phenomenon of tragedy fatigue. One woman, whose opinion wasn't that uncommon, said, "Doesn’t grieving have a shelf life? We’re very sorry and mournful that people died, but there are living people. Let’s wind it down.” Perhaps that's why some people get frustrated when they hear about families being unhappy with ceremony changes.

But what do those families, the ones who have lost a loved one on that day? Well, they are divided, too. One woman who lost her brother told the Times, "I would no sooner tell survivors of the Holocaust how to mourn or how to commemorate their atrocity, so why do others feel they have any right to dictate how family members should feel or memorialize our loved ones on Sept. 11 or any day, for that matter." But one widow said, "I still get so many letters from people that even I suffer from 9/11 fatigue to some extent. People who don’t want to do anything on 9/11, they shouldn’t be forced to. I never thought I’d say that.”

Are you tired of events remembering September 11? Or do you think there should be other meaningful ways of remembering the day?

Photograph of a World Trade Center mural by wallyg on Flickr