When I woke up this morning I flipped on the the news and found most stations were filming in New York. With today being the 10th anniversary since the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93, all eyes have been on the United States. It was emotional to watch, especially turning on at the time when a young children’s choir sang this song to FDNY staff.
Like most North Americans, I remember that day very well. I worked on a busy street near the Canadian/US border, and most local shops around, including the one I worked for ended up closing for the day as traffic was so backed up. It was a confusing and emotional time for everyone, regardless of where the borders lie.
For North Americans and much of the world 9/11 serves as a reminder that we are all vulnerable, and that life is precious. It is also an example of the strength of humanity. 10 years later, the world is not short of tragedy. Everyday people are dying from starvation, from lack of sanitary conditions, from conflict within nations, and worse.
We are so detached from the tragedies that take place daily throughout the world. Perhaps commemorating the tragedy so close to home helps expand the local consciousness to connect with that which is global.
Today, all across the world, we remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and send love to those who miss them everyday.
While on the popular website TED, I ended up clicking on a speech featuring Jeremy Gilley, founder of the movement Peace One Day. His passion was clear during his speech, and hearing his story of actor turned activist was truly inspiring.
As a youth he found himself perplexed, as many do, by the horrible things happening around the world. He decided a day of Peace would be the answer, and worked toward establishing one after discovering the UN already had unsuccessfully in 1981.
Gilley has filmed three documentaries; Peace One Day, The Day After Peace and Peace One Day Part Three. After watching the TED talk, my husband and I sat down to view the second film, The Day After Peace, which is available on You Tube from the organization.
The film was focused on his journey post-documentary #1, and led up to the 2007 International Day of Peace. It is fascinating and raw, and it is very clear that Gilley’s journey has not been an easy one.
One aspect of both his speech and the documentary that I was happy to see addressed, was the skepticism that Peace Day and Gilley’s efforts have faced. He confronted the criticism head on, and did not appear to lose his faith even during the toughest of times.