Miss-Lou should erect 9-11 memorial

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 11, 2009

Few of us who watched the events unfold live will ever forget the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 — the day terrorists attacked America.

But soon 9/11 will just be a page in the history books for the next generation of Americans. It’s up to our generation to make sure that horrible day stays top of mind so we never let our guard down again.

Today, as we remember the attacks that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people, we owe it to the next generation to keep fresh the memories of the brave men and women who lost their lives during the attacks.

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From the men and women of the police, fire and rescue personnel to the everyday Joes and Janes, all should be honored and memorialized.

Imagining that it’s been eight years since the attacks is difficult. Sometimes it seems like yesterday.

But across America, a few communities are working to remember the 9/11 attacks in an interesting manner — by bringing pieces of 9/11 into their towns and incorporating them into monuments to memorialize the day American was brought briefly to its knees only to rise proudly as the fires still smoldered.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking to have municipalities claim remnants of the World Trade Center — the center point of the two deadliest attacks.

The pieces range from pieces of twisted, charred steel to wreckage of cars that were near the towers when they collapsed.

We can think of no better way for the Miss-Lou to help honor the memories of 9/11 than to consider how we might raise funds to construct such a monument to our freedom.

Perhaps there’s no more poignant way than to include a piece of the actual history in that monument.

Is anyone up to the challenge?