Today is the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Compared to last year’s 10th anniversary ceremonies and news coverage, this year feels relatively subdued. There are kids in school right now who weren’t even born when the attacks took place. And yet even as they sit in meetings and perform all the typical work tasks of a Tuesday in September, Americans are still marking the day in their own ways.
President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said they would silence their negative ads today in honor of the September 11 anniversary. They’re also avoiding overtly political events, like rallies, today.
Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden will attend a memorial service in Shanksville, Pa., where one of the hijacked planes crashed. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be in his home state of Wisconsin, with no public appearances planned.
Politics itself never pauses completely: In some parts of the country, including mine, a primary election took place today. When I stopped by my local polling place a little after 7 am, it was the same kind of clear blue day New York had on September 11, 2001.
It’s not a holiday, after all. New York Fashion Week continues its breakneck pace. Various professional conferences take place all over the country. New fall TV shows hit the airwaves. Even as some of us look backward on a sunny September morning, life and work go forward.