My 911 Remembrance Is to Join in Igniting the Spirit of Unity

By John Aberle | Small Business Management

Sep 05

As we approach the anniversary of the single most destructive attack ever on American soil, I am choosing as my 911 remembrance to join in igniting the spirit of unity because that’s the way I can see for bringing a positive result from horrific evil.

Drawing of Flight 93 Memorial Entry Portal

The Flight 93 National Memorial is one way that America demonstrates 911 Remembrance while the 911 Remembrance Las Vegas organization’s events are another.

We Were Headed to Comdex 2001
On September 11, 2001, Dorothy and I were doing the last minute things before our trip to Las Vegas for Comdex, the incredibly vast computer industry trade show, when our service manager called to tell us to look at television news. He was right; we wouldn’t be leaving that day for Las Vegas.

We sat glued to our television set watching the replays of the attack on the first of the World Trade Center towers and then saw the video of the crash into the second tower. In all honesty, it took a while for the whole experience to seem real. After all, we live in the age of special effects, and both TV and movies portray scenes like this all the time.

It Took a While to Realize this Was Real
Gradually the horror of the events began to seep through. What kind of consciousness does it take to deliberately plot and execute an attack on civilians? There was no declared war. There were no military involved. There was no military objective. It was simply brutality and shock combined with a megalomaniac ego that wanted to make a statement. From that viewpoint, bin Laden was successful. He dominated the news even to this day a decade later.

Not Since Pearl Harbor Had Anyone So United America
The irony is that not since Pearl Harbor has anyone united Americans like he did. I remember being thrilled that I had an American flag I could hang in my office in El Paso. We also put American flags on our cars like a huge percentage of the people we knew in El Paso.

Like so many millions of others, I was so proud of the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 who prevented the terrorists on their plane from crashing it in Washington. It took courage to confront the terrorists when the natural tendency is to do nothing and hope this all goes away.

I remember watching the firefighters, police and other emergency personnel risking their lives to save others on 9/11 and for weeks afterwards. Heroism like that tends to choke me up. Again, whatever his goals, I think bin Laden underestimated Americans and their courage.

It Affected More than Americans
The other thing that struck me so strongly in the hours and days after these attacks was hearing the response of people around the world. The whole thing was terrifying and appalling everywhere, not just in America.

The Other Tragedy of 9/11
The saddest result of this whole experience has been the tendency of so many to blame all Muslims for the actions of a fanatical fringe group. That would be like blaming all Oklahomans for Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing.

So it is appropriate that we take time for remembrance of how destructive fanaticism is, whether religious or political or even environmental. I believe in being passionate about what touches me deeply. I respect people who are passionate too, even if their causes leave me uninspired. But there needs to be a limit.

We Tolerate Each Other’s Views
The most wonderful thing about America is that it was founded on the principles stated in the Declaration of Independence “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The point here is tolerance. We have the right in America to believe what we choose and to promote that belief. But our rights end where our neighbors’ rights begin.

911 Remembrance Las Vegas
For most of us, this 10th anniversary of 911 will be one of personal remembrance. So it is quite exciting to realize that Las Vegas is putting on a major event to honor the memory of this horrific series of attacks. You can learn more at their 911 Remembrance Las Vegas website, , and blog.  It’s personally poignant because Dorothy and I were headed to Las Vegas that fateful day.

Just like it hosted Comdex, there is no city in America better suited to hosting such an event. Las Vegas is the city of world class events.

In the Spirit of Unity
As I join 911 Remembrance Las Vegas  and all other people in America and around the world recalling the devastation and destruction from the actions of fanatics, I choose to do so focusing on the 911 Remembrance Las Vegas organization’s slogan, “Igniting the Spirit of Unity.”


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About the Author

My first Kindle eBook, How Relationship Selling Rewards Small Businesses, went live on April 24, 2012. I've lived a lifetime of service and spiritual search so it's natural for me to incorporate these attitudes into my work. I believe that selling and marketing are spiritual service when done with a heart-centered, relationship selling approach. All of business success comes down to building strong relationships.