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Subject: World Peace Day - September 11:
What will America be doing on September 11, 2002?
We will be observing the first anniversary of an unspeakable tragedy, a day when over 3,000 people lost their lives. If each of those people knew only 50 people, then September 11, 2002, will find over 150,000 people grieving the loss of someone who touched their lives. Add to that the rest of us who experienced the tragedy indirectly, and it is easy to foresee that we will be a country in mourning, reliving again and again the events of that tragic day.
What if we could change that?
Imagine yourself reading the following newspaper headline:
Would that make a difference? I think it would. The highest honor we can give to those who lost their lives is to declare World Peace Day in their names. I think we can turn this day around and give people a reason to look forward rather than backward, to be inspired by peace rather than immersed in bitterness and sorrow.
The loved ones we lost were victims of a war we didn't know we were engaged in. They are our unsung heroes. And although plans are in the works to build a memorial for them at the World Trade Center site, those plans will not be realized for this year. So we have to make sure that they are honored in the best way we know how. And I can think of no better way to commemorate their deaths than by proclaiming World Peace Day in their names. When our country and the world celebrates World Peace Day, then our loved ones will have given their lives for something bigger than all of us.
Remember how we all felt in the aftermath of 9/11? Remember how incredibly inspiring and uplifting it was to see our country — and, unbelievably, the world — uniting as it did? I saw that miracle as a possibility that all those people did not give their lives in vain. But that miraculous unity seemed to dissipate, didn't it, as we took up our lives again and as we began to succumb again to our fear and anger, our cynicism and resignation
Let's revive that unity. Let's send the message that our loved ones did not give their lives in vain. Let's create a miracle. Let's unite again and invite the world to join us in a celebration of peace that will elevate the entire human race.
Make a difference. Make World Peace Day happen, and give our country and the world something else to think about on September 11. Give them hope.
Yours truly in hope and peace,
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