When I saw anniversary listed as the Photo Hunt theme for this September 11th, I of course could not help but think of events that took place on the eastern seaboard of the USA nine years ago today. Let's face it -- there's no two ways about it: For many people, especially those who are American and/or were residing in the US then and/or now, 9/11 conjures up horrific images of terrible destruction and tragic deaths.
Looking at this day in history (via a Wikipedia entry), September 11th is one marked by many events -- good as well as bad and sad. Among other things, Stephen Foster's Oh! Susanna was first performed on this day in 1847, O. Henry was born on September 11, 1862, D. H. Lawrence was born on this day in 1885, and the World Wildlife Fund officially came into being 49 years ago today.
Yet, it can often seem like we tend to remember sad anniversaries more than happy ones. Even with regards to the Hong Kong entertainment world, every April 1st since 2003, I (and many other fans of Hong Kong cinema and pop music) don't need much reminding -- but are given ample reminders via the likes of HMV -- that the beautiful, amazing talent that was Leslie Cheung decided to prematurely end his life that day. Alternatively, even I needed to be told that 2009 was the 100th anniversary of my favorite cinema in the world. (Or was it? Because there appears to be some dispute as to its exact beginning date!)
In any event, I hope it will not offend anyone for me to suggest we pause at some point today to remember the tragedy that humanity can inflict on its own members but then move on and continue to live our lives -- because it is through the very act of living (and appreciating our doing so) that we honor those whose lives were cut unnecessarily short and show our defiance against those who don't want us to do so.