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On a clear cool day, thousands of people came to the city in honor of the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. There were ceremonies and rallies - a time of unity and a time of differences. Security was high due to issues surrounding the building of a mosque near Ground Zero. The death toll of the attacks was 2,996, including the 19 hijackers ... yet the death toll as a result of this event continues on - another century - another series of wars. The theme this year is "Never Forget" - "Remembering". In any sense of the word, 2011 will be about remembering and changing the mind-set of people around the world. They say we need to remember the unity of journey. This is true on many levels. Next year at this time it will be 9/11/11. Remember that 9 is always about endings and transitions to something new. on 9/11, as I remember standing on my terrace watching the planes hit the towers ... and what it meant to the destiny of the world.
A morning ceremony Saturday in which relatives of the victims placed flowers in a reflecting pool and read the names of their loved ones gave way to an afternoon of protests and counter-demonstrations over a proposed Islamic center near ground zero.
Some called the rallies a disgraceful intrusion. Indeed, some of the people attending the protests came from far away, and appeared to be drawn only by a deep-rooted dislike of Muslims or passion for liberal causes. But the throngs included an ample number of 9/11 mourners, too, who joined the anti-mosque crowd of about 1,500 after attending the ground zero memorial ceremony.
For a few hours Saturday morning, the political and cultural furor over whether the proposed Islamic center and mosque belongs so close to the trade center site mostly gave way to the somber anniversary ceremony and pleas from elected officials for religious tolerance. At the other Sept. 11 attack sites, as at ground zero, elected leaders sought to remind Americans of the acts of heroism that marked a Tuesday in 2001 and the national show of unity that followed.
President Barack Obama, appealing to an unsettled nation from the Pentagon, declared that the United States could not "sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust. As Americans we are not - and never will be - at war with Islam," the president said. "It was not a religion that attacked us that September day - it was al-Qaida, a sorry band of men which perverts religion."
In Shanksville, Pa., first lady Michelle Obama and her predecessor, Laura Bush, spoke at a public event together for the first time since last year's presidential inauguration. At the rural field where the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 lost their lives, Obama said "a scar in the earth has healed," and Bush said "Americans have no division" on this day.
In New York, the leader of a small Christian congregation in Florida who had planned to burn copies of the Quran to mark the Sept. 11 anniversary called off his plans. Nevertheless, there were isolated reports of Quran desecrations on the anniversary, including two not far from ground zero. Afghans, meanwhile, set fire to tires in the streets and shouted "Death to America" for a second day despite Jones' decision to call off the burning. The largest drew a crowd estimated at 10,000.
There were no arrests in New York, police said. There were scattered scuffles in the streets, including one in which a man ripped up another's poster advocating freedom of religion and the second man struck back with the stick. Near the World Trade Center site, a memorial to the 2,752 who died there played out mostly as it had each year since 2001. Bells were tolled to mark the times of impact of the two hijacked jets and the times the twin towers collapsed.
Assigned to read the names of the fallen, relatives of 9/11 victims calmly made their way through their lists, then struggled, some looking skyward, as they addressed their lost loved ones. As they finished reading names, two relatives of 9/11 victims issued pleas ‹ one to God and one to New York - that the site remain "sacred." Family members of Sept. 11 victims also laid flowers in a reflecting pool and wrote individual messages along its edges.
Within hours of the completion of the ceremony, groups of protesters had taken up positions in lower Manhattan, blocks apart and representing both sides of the debate over the mosque, which has suffused the nation's politics for weeks leading up to the anniversary.
Near City Hall, supporters of the mosque toted signs that read, "The attack on Islam is racism" and "Tea Party bigots funded by corporate $." Opponents chanted "USA" and "No mosque here" and carried placards that read, "Never forgive, never forget, no WTC mosque." Critics have said that even if organizers have a First Amendment right to build the center where they want, putting it near ground zero would be a show of disrespect.
Amid it all, ground zero is transforming itself. Just this week, officials hoisted a 70-foot piece of trade center steel there and vowed to open the Sept. 11 memorial, with two waterfalls marking where the towers stood, by next year. At the northwest corner of the site, 1 World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, now rises 36 stories above ground. It is set to open in 2013 and be 1,776 feet tall, taller than the original trade center.
The proposed Islamic cultural center, which organizers say will promote interfaith learning, would go in an abandoned Burlington Coat Factory two blocks uptown from ground zero. Muslim prayer services are normally held at the site, but it was padlocked Friday and closed Saturday, the official end of the holy month of Ramadan. Police planned 24-hour patrols until next week.
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I dreamed about this Movado Watch.
The watch read: 4:02.
The black band and face were like liquid.
The diamond shined brilliantly marking 12.
I opened my eyes so I would remember.
The clock on the nightstand read: 4:00.
As I woke up this morning, my consciousness was fully enmeshed in the harmonics of the Middle East Grid - part of the Jewish New Year and Ramadan (Eid ul-Adha). It sounded awesome. Immediately my consciousness moved higher and thus faster, the resonance of this experience dissipating until it was not there at all and I was back to source, where none of this exists. I woke up concluding that the harmonics of this reality are ending or have already ended, depending on your point of view. As you ascend, this experience fades from existence taking with it lessons learned, yet there is so much more going on out there. Can't wait to experience beyond ...
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