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Do you think events like 9/11, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and so on should be commemorated each year or would you rather see the dates fade into history witho

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It would be nice if they had a 100 year limit and then everyone would move on.

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I don't see what's the purpose of commemorations annually. Events been happening for millenia and if we all celebrated every single one we would be very busy.

Personally I think all those commemorations are a fairly recent and modern day innovation and only practised by a few countries.

I know many countries that don't even celebrate the end of WWII, their countries independance, etc. (yup, they have those marked and might even be national holidays but for most people it is life as usual).

So, IMHO, you can remember the events without the need for big commemorations, etc.

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These "commemorations" are designed by politicians, to drum up feelings of either victim-hood, or superiority, so they can leverage those base emotions for political gain. Despite what we want, they will never go away. I say leave 'em alone and let those that want to celebrate/commemorate/commiserate knock themselves out. The rest of us can get on with our lives.

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I suppose since I think my own birthday is worth celebrating each year, it's only fair that events like these get commemorated as well.

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What might be good is to have one day for all countries to reflect on these events, whether they were the agressor or the vitim. Wishful thinking but it might build some more solidarity and understanding.

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Any tragedy that results in the loss of lives....should be commemorated on the first anniversary....and afterwards forgotten! We as humans should celebrate life, and not the anniversary of death. Pain and suffering should be put to rest, and we harvest the joys of life and the living.

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Should we really commemorate this?

Indeed, on this grim ninth anniversary – and heaven spare us next year from the 10th – 9/11 appears to have produced not peace or justice or democracy or human rights, but monsters. They have prowled Iraq – both the Western and the local variety – and slaughtered 100,000 souls, or 500,000, or a million; and who cares? They have killed tens of thousands in Afghanistan; and who cares? And as the sickness has spread across the Middle East and then the globe, they – the air force pilots and the insurgents, the Marines and the suicide bombers, the al-Qa'idas of the Maghreb and of the Khalij and of the Caliphate of Iraq and the special forces and the close air support boys and the throat-cutters – have torn the heads off women and children and the old and the sick and the young and healthy, from the Indus to the Mediterranean, from Bali to the London Tube; quite a memorial to the 2,966 innocents who were killed nine years ago. All in their name, it seems, has been our holocaust of fire and blood, enshrined now in the crazed pastor of Gainesville.

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I think the events should be remembered, but requeting leaders to attend ceeremonies and repeatidly appologise is wrong.

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COMMEMORATE OR THEY'LL HAPPEN AGAIN

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I dont think commemorating will stop anything.

I personally think while they are tragic events, we do not need to have a ceremony.

Maybe a remembrance day once a year, for all people lost in war.

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no we shouldn't, we should forget everyhting that has ever happened in the past. Why should we look at the past when we are living the present and making the future?

/sarcasm

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They should be remembered as lessons so that they could be prevented in the future. I believe commemoration works in the first few times but repeating them until forever will just foster a "poor me" mentality and impede progress and healing.

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i don't see why we should glorify atrocities committed by a government.

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Why should we remember the atrocities of the past? Clearly, mankind doesn't like to learn from its own history, but maybe some people will get the message.

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Constant appologies makes you more clean and not to do that again in the feature . . And specially for the new Generation has nor idea of great japanese imperialism and Its cruality , The attacks on both sides , its very important to commemorate not only a ones but more times in a year If they can ...,

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maybe every 10,25 and fifty years is enough.doing it every year will get boring pretty quickly and lack any sincerity.

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I'd rather we all looked forward more. Looking back is fine so long as it is freed from the encumberance of 'Because it should never happen again' syndrome.

It ALWAYS happends again and we rarely learn the lessons of history.

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It's always important to some people, so let them. To the Russians, victory over Japan is important as it should be. Those Japanese bastards murdered millions of people over nothing.

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"Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it." - george Santayana

As long as events such as these are commemorated, and not celebrated, we stand a chance of retaining our humanity.

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We soon forget those terrible events. They should be commemorated, so that we don't repeat them again.

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Commemorate them I can agree on, question is at what frequency and for how long? Should we still annually remember the Inquisition, Waterloo, etc?

As a middle-european I got hit yearly with the anniversaries of the Holocaust and the same photos, etc and to be honest me and most of my country-men are sick and tired of it getting shoved down our throats annually.

As I am sick many A-bomb or 9/11 survivors (I am sure) don't want to be reminded annually.

Final lets not be slective in what we commemorate, lets also commemorate My Lai(and the other villages), etc.

Those events will be repeated, why because humans are humans and we keep on making the same mistakes and falling for the same traps.

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Remembering is ok, but using the anniversary to dig up old grievances is overdone.

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Those who wish to commemorate those events will continue to do so whether the government sanctions it or not. I personally observe a moment of silence every year to commemorate the tragedy of January 28, 1986 but my government doesn't.

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