For Those We Have Lost

Today is the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on American soil on September 11, 2001. Many places on the internet, at least where Americans post, will be filled with American flags and praise of the United States. Some places will be filled with jingoistic hate. If we’re lucky, some will also be filled with thoughtful history.

None of that is what I want to say today. Here’s what I want to say:

Remember those who left the sunlit lands.

Remember the thousands who died in the attacks: the passengers of the planes, the workers in the towers and at the Pentagon, the police and firefighter and medics. Raise a glass to the fallen.

Remember those who left the sunlit lands.

Remember the thousands and thousands who have died in the wars that followed. Remember those who have died in reprisal after reprisal; an eye for an eye and the world goes blind. Raise a glass to the fallen.

Remember those who have left the sunlit lands.

May they find the peace they were denied in life.
May we find a way to make justice out of the mess that killed them.
May the gods guide us and forgive us.

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About Lon Sarver

Lon Sarver is a polytheist priest of Dionysos, living in the San Francisco Bay Area and contemplating (with a healthy amount of dread) making a second attempt at a career in Marriage and Family Therapy. View all posts by Lon Sarver

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