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Chris Rose: Bitter anniversaries

Visitors to National September 11 Memorial walk below rising towers 1 World Trade Center, left, and 4 World Trade Center, Monday (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Visitors to National September 11 Memorial walk below rising towers 1 World Trade Center, left, and 4 World Trade Center, Monday (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Another 9/11 come and (almost) gone.

I used to dread this day.

I swore to myself on this date 11 years ago that if I never saw the Towers fall again, that would be fine with me.

And, since then, I never have.

All these years later, I try to more or less ignore the anniversary.

I don't forget it. I don't dismiss it. I just don't feel the need to revisit the unspeakable carnage.

So I try to avoid television (sorry, boss) and go about the business of living, working, parenting and anything else that will keep me from hearing Taps playing or church bells ringing or politicians intoning.

All of which reminds me of something: We missed the anniversary of Katrina.

Again.

At least, we missed the anniversary as generally played out around here – whether by the scattering of roses in the 17th Street Canal or speechifying against the Corps of Engineers or the generally overwrought and deliberately provocative remembrances that the media engages in during anniversaries of this sort.

Again: Sorry, boss.

So I'll say this for Hurricanes Gustav and Isaac: For all their destruction and despair, one thing they did – by zeroing in on southeast Louisiana on the final days of August – was distract many from dwelling upon the still-incomprehensible suffering and loss of late summer, 2005.

For Gustav and Isaac, we were forced to either evacuate or – according to Isaac's prevailing buzzword – hunker down.

For many, there was simply too much to do to stop and remember.

Then again, for the families of Katrina's 1,800 casualties, there's no amount of distraction that will ever let them forget; no amount of "hunkering" that will lift, even momentarily, all their sorrow in the world.

On anniversaries like these, time seems to slow to a crawl and we seek relief in whatever fashion soothes the soul.

Some folks seek the cathartic and healing properties of memorial services and other communal expressions of mourning.

Some just want to be left alone.

What we must do together – as a community – is carry on.

That's the only obligation here.

To always remember.

To never surrender.

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