How Important is 9/11?

Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck will rendezvous in Alaska Saturday for what Palin calls a gathering of “patriots who will ‘never forget'” the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — 9/11.

Critics, however, say that nine years after the terror attacks, the political language around the anniversary has changed and become divisive. The Palin comment carries the suggestion that some Americans are patriots who remember while others are detractors who forget.

Organizers of the event have pledged it will be non-political and similar to the Washington, D.C., rally the duo held two weeks ago. But with tickets running up to $200 a head and the featured speakers two politically-charged figures skeptics see manipulation of a solemn anniversary — and the latest sign the tragedy of nine years ago has become national political fodder.

“Right now, this is the most heartbreaking anniversary,” said Donna O’Connor, whose daughter was killed in the World Trade Center. “The politicization is worse than I ever could have imagined.”

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