During this season of back-to-school, NFL football and fall prime time television, the nation takes a moment of silence to mark the first anniversary of Sept. 11.
Amid the sunset gatherings, candlelight vigils, memorial services, tribute concerts and other observances, various television networks also marked this fateful anniversary with various specials and documentaries.
The line up included: “Heroes of Ground Zero,” “Reflections from Ground Zero,” “Report from Ground Zero,” “Anatomy of Sept. 11th,” “9/11, 9/11, 9/11: The Day American Changed,” “Portraits of Grief, and In Memoriam: New York City.”
As we reflect on the events of Sept. 11, it is imperative that the media respect the lives of those lost and the tender wounds of those who hold their memories close.
We do not need this solemn event turned into another sensational news story.
We do not need our hearts and minds saturated with graphic images of fiery skies and hollow buildings.
We do not need our beliefs tested.
We do not need our anger fueled or our sadness deepened.
As a grieving nation, we must not reflect on the horrifying act of terror that brought Sept. 11, but on the joyful memories of those we lost.
And as a strong nation, we must celebrate the feelings of pride, duty and humanity that were reborn on that mournful day, and concentrate our hope and our efforts to keeping those sentiments alive.
And hopefully, instead of a good news day, Sept. 11 will be a day that honors life and keeps us all aspiring to a higher purpose.