There was not much mainstream media coverage and social media postings to commemorate the tragic 9/11 event this year. The obvious focus these last few days is on Hurricane Irma’s disastrous impact and the threat of extreme weather conditions in Florida in other parts of the U.S.
There were no elaborate commemorations for 9/11 in New York either compared to before. But this does not mean that 9/11 has been forgotten. In fact, the memory and the significance of 9/11 will always be a part of us and our history as a nation. Even with no big commemorations attended by politicians and well-known celebrities, including families who were affected and touched by the tragedy, what we now have is a thoughtfully and creatively installed National September 11 Memorial and Museum in the site and location of the former World Trade Center complex.
The memorial at the 180 Greenwich address tells us “not to forget” the September 11, 2001 attacks where 2,977 victims died including the reminder of the earlier 1993 bombing wherein six people were killed. The memorial and museum was designed primarily for the victims of the attacks including those who were involved in the rescue operations.
The preservation of the memory and lessons learned from the tragic 9/11 event is all but guaranteed with the memorial in New York just like how we continue to honor the memory of another historic and tragic day in our nation’s history before World War II when Pearl Harbor was bombed one December day. Then president Franklin D. Roosevelt called the day “a date which will live in infamy.”
For the next generation and for people from all over the world visiting New York, the 9/11 memorial serves as the United States' principal institution and symbol concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, which includes documenting the impact of the event and exploring 9/11's continuing significance in our lives as Americans and residents of the U.S.
In the Philippines, there was a “different 9/11 commemoration” that took place on September 11, 2017 that was supported and endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte. I am referring to the 100th birthday commemoration of former Philippine strongman and dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.
What is the significance to the nation and to the Filipino people of celebrating the 100th birthday of the late dictator? I believe that this question can be answered easily by looking at the nation’s past and recent history. For concerned Filipinos, activists, and human rights advocates who stood against the dictatorship of Marcos, they know who Marcos was and what he stood for, and what he has done to the nation and its people.
But for many who grew up in the internet and social media generation, Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia provides a good introduction and overview as to who Marcos was---