Today marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The 12th anniversary, even of something as momentous as that event, usually does not inspire large ceremonies. We tend to like our round numbers.
But we can still take individual steps to make sure everyone is aware of the day and the meaning behind that day.
It goes without saying that all government offices that fly the American flag will do so at half staff. If you are a business that has an American flag, please remember to do the same. If you are a private citizen who flies a flag, do so as well.
Take time out of your day to remember that there were innocent people whose lives ended or changed irrevocably on that day in 2001. We can never feel like we are an invincible nation again. But at the same time, remember the hours and days and weeks after that, when we came together as people to heal and support each other. Not since the second World War has the country been so united in one cause.
That has long since gone away, but maybe we can at least remember a time when we felt like one nation.
And you don't need a round number to do that.