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Op-Ed: Remembering first responders is an important legacy

Posted Sep 13, 2011 by KJ Mullins
Was it just a day? On Sunday the world remembered the attacks of September 11, 2001. World leaders took time to give speeches about the tragedy that fell upon New York City, Washington D.C. and a rural field in Pennsylvania.
A New York City fireman calls for 10 more rescue workers to make their way into the rubble of the Wo...
A New York City fireman calls for 10 more rescue workers to make their way into the rubble of the World Trade Center.
U.S. Navy Photo by Preston Keres
For over a month one mainstay in the news business is remembering September 11, 2001. For a month there have been touching stories, tributes to heroes and questions asked that remain from that day.
It's a new week and time to move on or is it? Some of those who gave their all during that day and the days that followed were not celebrated at the official ceremony. There were very few tributes to the flight attendants who died after giving authorities information about what was going on in the sky above.
The speeches were pretty, the tributes were meaningful and yet it was too clean. The truth of that day and the days that followed were more than a list of names being read off and musical pieces being sung. Those days were dark, gritty and full of dust.
Now that the dust has cleared from the anniversary will that mean that articles about the actual dust that is affecting thousands in New York City will again be swept under the carpet?
Will the media wait another decade to raise a tribute to those who rushed in facing certain danger or will it take another disaster for articles that praise first responders to appear?
Will those who serve drinks in the sky be credited with the more difficult aspects of their job?
Mass coverage of September 11, 2001 will quickly fade. The media writes what sells and in a week those who gave their all won't sell as many papers. Let's hope that another disaster isn't looming that will bring the focus back but at the same time let's remember those who fought bravely, giving everything they had to help. Part of the legacy of September 11, 2001 needs to be to keep those who serve be honoured everyday, in whatever small measure can come.
We didn't forget, we remember those who died and those who went on to continue their legacy.