Eleventh anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the US
Each anniversary of the 9-11 attacks brings back the memory of a day with the most uncertainty I have ever felt in my life. While I would rather not think about such sadness, as a nation we must never forget what happened.
It was wonderful to hear that the government has finally made the appropriate decision to pay first responders from the victims’ compensation fund. Even if studies and reports had never shown the increased risk of cancer first responders face from the toxic dust at Ground Zero, paying their medical expenses from the fund is a fitting tribute to the selfless work they did that day and the weeks that followed.
Squabbles over funding for the National September 11 Memorial Museum have been settled. Construction should resume soon. The museum is controlled by the 9-11 Memorial and Museum Foundation, while the land beneath belongs to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Another piece of good news is that both President Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney have agreed to stop negative campaign advertising today. It would have been even better if they had agreed to cease all advertising on this special day.
President Obama will mark the anniversary with visits to the Pentagon and Walter Reed Medical Center. Mitt Romney will be here in Nevada, giving a speech to the National Guard Association convention in Reno.