Ten years ago today I was visiting a home care patient and remember watching with incredulity the TV images of the first attack on the World Trade Centre. Our world has changed much in the ensuing decade with ongoing wars, suspicion, fear and uncertainty.
This week our Prime Minister declared September 11th to be a National Day of Service in Canada. In his words Stephen Harper expressed "hope that this National Day of Service, observed hereafter on
September 11, will inspire Canadians to once more show the same kind of
compassion to strangers in need, by engaging on that day in charitable
activities, fundraisers and community service for worthy causes ...."A National Day of Service will be a fitting way to pay tributes to
the 9/11 victims and their families, to honour those involved in the
rescue efforts, and to turn an infamous date into a day of hope marked
by a communal outpouring of warmth and generosity."