By Jo Piazza / current.com / @jopiazza
If you live or work in New York City you were likely reminded that the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, was approaching by the appearance of the Tribute of Light — twin beams stretching into the sky in place of the fallen World Trade Center — in early September.
For others around the country, remembrance came this morning as your morning news shows covered the official Ground Zero memorial service or replayed footage from that horrific day 11 years ago.
I have friends who went to that Ground Zero memorial. I have friends who chose to walk to work over the Brooklyn Bridge so they could reflect on how our city has changed in 11 years.
I have friends who didn't do anything.
On this particular anniversary, one year past the decade mark, some news organizations and individuals are being called out for not "properly" paying homage to the day.
The New York Times has been criticized for making the decision not to put the anniversary on their front page.
Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times Public editor, wrote in a blog post Tuesday: "The pain, the outrage, the loss — these never fade. The amount of journalism, however, must."
Similarly, "Good Morning America" pointed out on Twitter that no politicians were scheduled to speak at the Ground Zero memorial service.
"For the first time, no politicians will speak at the 9/11 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero this am, it will be family only," @GMA tweeted.
I read about a half dozen blog posts this morning worrying that the media and politicians had "forgotten" about 9/11.
It is absurd and insulting to think anyone who lived through that day has simply erased it from their memories.
I bike to work along the West Side Highway. On my way I saw a group of people holding signs out to passing cars that said: "9/11 Heroes: We will always love you." They were some 20 blocks north of Ground Zero, where all morning long the official celebration will continue.
They chose to remember in an intimate group on the side of a highway. You know what? They looked like they were having a really nice time.
I saw a lone bicycle chained to a pole and covered in flowers — another makeshift memorial.
We don't need to criticize anyone for not showing up to one memorial service or another or for not making it the focus of today's news cycle.
Watch Bill Press reflect on the 9/11 anniversary.
People mourn in different ways and people remember in different ways.
The fact that we are doing other things and writing about something else is proof that we are healing and moving on. That's a good thing.
Tell us in comments what you have planned today. How have you chosen to remember?
Tune into Viewpoint at 8e/5p to see Eliot Spitzer speak with New York Times op-ed writer Kurt Eichenwald about today's explosive editorial.
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