What better way to mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11 than by having a fire drill at an airport, complete with smoke and flames? Have it at Logan International Airport in Boston, where two of the planes used in the terrorist attack took off.
Yeah, that just happened. Officials are now apologizing for the drill, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick called the timing of it “dumb.” The port authority put out a statement saying it “understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of September 11.”
May have offended? Those touched? How about apologizing to America? September 11, 2001 is one of those days that will live in infamy. Everyone knows what they were doing, how it seemed like the world stopped spinning for a while, and everyone I’ve talked to about it at least knows of someone that died or narrowly escaped.
As the years pass, time will lessen the pain of the wounds inflicted that day, and it will become a memory, some pages in a history book, and to our grandkids, something that old people talk about.
And even when that time comes, it will still not be ok to have a smoke-and-flames fire drill on the anniversary of 9/11 at the very airport where the planes took off! Geez Louise, why don’t we have some sort of naval airstrike attack drill at Pearl Harbor on December 7 while we’re at it?
Have some respect and decorum, people.
Do you think the fire drill was out of line?
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