Sometimes Doing Nothing Sends a Message

I work for a very large Federal agency and I was very disappointed that we did not have a moment of silence to honor the victims of the September 11th attacks. I was so moved by this occurrence, or one might say lack of occurrence, that I actually wrote management to inquire if we would have a moment of silence. The reply I received was that nothing had been planned but they would speak to upper management to see if something could be set up next year. Next year? How much effort does it take to come over the intercom at 8:46 am (the time when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower) and ask for 10 seconds of silence to honor those who were killed? Who would possibly be against this? Why was it not considered?

I was glad I didn’t stand idle though. It made me feel good to do what I felt was the right thing. Sometimes you have to start with an ember before you can start an inferno and perhaps I did that.

I held my own moment of silence to honor and remember the victims. To the first responders and others who did their best to help, thank you for the immense courage you showed to aid your fellow human beings. And for those of you who gave the ultimate sacrifice, you aren’t forgotten. Your memory lives on as only your body is lost.

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