I was not expecting to get as caught up as I did in the remembrances of 9/11 over the weekend. Turns out, I watched just about everything I could.
The 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. I can’t decide if it seems like forever ago… or just yesterday.
As I was winding down Sunday night, I turned on 60 Minutes. A little late because of football. It was the 54th season premiere. All Scott Pelley. All about the New York City Fire Department on September 11, 2001.
Let me just say this… it was remarkable reporting. If you ever question where good journalism has gone, it’s still at 60 Minutes.
For the entire hour, Scott Pelley took you through that day. The initial call that an attack had happened. The heroism of those firefighters to try and get people out of the towers. The horribleness of so many of those firefighters and private citizens perishing.
Pelley ends the piece by talking to some of the children of those New York firefighters. Many have become firefighters themselves.
It was so good. So gut wrenching. Try and find it if you can.
My takeaway. As horrible as that day was, you saw the best in humanity.
He went there. From USA Today, Former President George W. Bush compared domestic and foreign extremists. He seemed to liken the insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6 to the 9/11 hijackers.
From the paper: “There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” Bush said during a speech at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. “But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit.”
Strong words from the man who was president during 9/11.
A bit of good news, I hope. Covid hospitalizations are down. From the Miami Herald, Florida adds 9,148 Covid cases as the state nears 3.5 million cases.
As bad as it sounds, there are fewer hospitalizations and fewer ICU Covid cases. Let’s hope we have peaked.
It’s Tuesday. The week begins. I’m ready to take it on.