Keep Faith with 9/11: Official Observances Must Not Obscure Day’s True Meaning

Thursday's Editorial - September 10, 2009


1. Which group first promoted the idea of making service a hallmark of 9/11 anniversaries?

2. How is the Obama administration attempting to change the meaning of the 9/11 remembrance?

3. How should we commemorate 9/11, according to the Daily News editors?
Do you agree with this opinion? Explain your answer.

4. Do you agree with the conclusion of this editorial that states: 

The Rev. Lennox Yearwood, head of the Hip Hop Caucus said: 'The first milestone for Green the Block will be on our National Day of Service, Sept. 11, 2009, where we will organize Green the Block service events around the country in coordination with the President's initiative, United We Serve.'

No. Wrong. Entirely wrong. 9/11 is not about green jobs or health care or bank bailouts or about the ideologies and egos of celebrities who are planning concerts and other performances this year. To them, hands off.

And "remembrance" must not, must never, be forgotten. It would be sacrilege to smother 3,000 murders under gauzy and fleeting good feelings. It would be a gross betrayal to gloss the evil that targeted - and still targets - America.

Explain your answer.