Last night on Rescue Me
, Denis Leary's character of Tommy Gavin was in a bar, belting down expensive scotch and berating those listening to him that they could name five finalists on American Idol
, but he bet them a hundred bucks (the cost of his glass of scotch) that they couldn't name on New York firefighter who'd died in the World Trade Center on September 11th.
Of course, this being Leary's show, no one could and everyone just kind of looked away in an uncomfortable silence.
It's interesting that that scene would air the day before Oliver Stone's World Trade Center
hits theaters. In fact, Rescue Me
was sponsored by the movie so the full preview for the movie aired during one of the commerical breaks of the show.
In interviews about his new film, Stone has stated that he's worried America might be forgetting that tragic day and that is one of the reasons he made this film.
Honestly, I can say as much as I'd like to forget that day ever happened, there's something deep down inside of me that never can or will. It was a defining day in the history of America and the world and it's a pain we're still coming to grips with. I'll give you that some of us may feel the pain a lot more than others, but I think we all feel it. And I don't necessarily need an Oliver Stone film or a movie about one of the hijacked flights that day to remind me of the horrors we faced that day. I don't begrudge Stone his freedom to make the film as a way of dealing with the horrors of that day, but that doesn't necessarily make me want to run out and see it. I will remember the victims and that day in my own way.
One way to remember and honor the victims of 9/11 has come from the 2,996
. It's a blog project that is set to take place on September 11. You can surf over, sign up to participate and will be given a victim from September 11th to remember and honor in your blog in the fifth anniversary, just a little over a month from now. I signed up a few weeks ago and I know several other bloggers who have as well.
It's one way to honor those who gave their lives that day.
That said, I do agree with Kat Coble's post about Where is the Memorial?
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/09/2006 09:09:00 AM