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How long will we remember 911? And how should we do it?

An overhead look at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. An overhead look at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
(WJBK) -

The weather today was eerily similar to the weather on 9/11 in 2001.  Crisp, clear, bright, blue skied day.  Odd to say eerily on such a nice day, but that's what it is.

Because I remember 11-years ago, being in my car driving to my office when I heard the news on the radio about the second tower being struck by a plane.

I turned around and went home to be with my wife.

We watched the events on TV unfold in horror.  It changed my life and in 2002 I went from working in sales and marketing to working in news.  For me, I wanted a job where I felt I could make a difference.  I feel lucky that I could afford to take a risk and change my life.

For others, like those who lost their lives in New York, DC and Pennsylvania, their change was more tragically permanent.  For their families and loved ones, their lives too are changed forever and not by choice.

For America -- are we changed forever?

Today is the 11th anniversary of 9/11.  How long do we remember this day and it how should we remember it.

I am not suggesting we forget the day at all, so consider this and let me know what you think:

I work in a newsroom where we have multiple TV monitors that allow us to see what's airing on our rival stations and as a way to stay informed.

Our station, WJBK Fox 2 News, was on the air with our local morning news program.  We took a live shot from ground zero, where a moment of silence was being observed.  The ABC station had Good Morning America on and it too was observing the moment of silence.  Same with CBS.  At the same time, NBC and it's national program the "Today" show was showing an interview with Kris Jenner.  She was talking about her breast implant surgery.

Was this an intentional decision made by NBC? If it was, does it bother you?

I am more interested in what you think than in slamming NBC, so how should we remember the events of 9/11?

Is there a time when the networks should stop cutting-in for a moment of silence?  It doesn't happen for Pearl Harbor anymore?  When will it, or should it stop for 9/11?  I am asking?

There were a number of local events around metro Detroit to commemorate 9/11, how long will this continue?  Should they continue?

I know, I am stating the obvious, the attack on Pearl Harbor happened 71-years ago, of course we don't treat it the same way we treat 9/11.

But if you're like me, you know the day, December the 7th 1941, 'A day that will live in infamy," and I was born in 1965.

I know this because we made a big deal out of it when was I was in school.  I also know it because my parents were alive when it happened and they remember exactly where they were at the time.  Same with the death of President Kennedy.  They shared their memories with me.

For me, I personally remember where I was when the Space Shuttle Challenger went down. I remember when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.  I remember when the U.S. hockey team beat the Soviets in Lake Placid.

Today I observed the moment of silence until someone in the newsroom said "Look at what they're doing on NBC," and then we all discussed the decisions being made there.

It made me think, as the years pass, how will we remember 9/11?  I know this much, I'll always remember the 11th anniversary of 9/11 as the day a certain network decided to talk about boobs.   

What say you?









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