Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two (aghrivaine) wrote,
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two

September 11th

We just had a candlelight vigil in downtown West Chester to honor September 11th.

I paid for all the candles myself, so it was not a Kerry Campaign event at all - in fact, we made sure to invite local religious leaders, police, and fire officials, and tell everyone it was a non-partisan event. During the course of the evening, we spontaneously spun into our orbit a church youth group, a women's peace organization, various wandering revellers, a German immigrant, happy couples, elderly folks, young Get Out The Vote volunteers - people from all walks of life.

We spread out from one corner (The intersection of Gay and High, in fact...) to all four corners. People stopped, got a candle, lit it from one of the their neighbors, and then stayed for a little while to remember and reflect on the 3rd Anniversary of the event. Despite the presence of ardently conservative religious fundamentalists and shrieking lefty peace-niks, no one argued, and everyone found common ground.

It was a clear and breezy night. Our candles guttered in the wind, and we had to shield them with our hands and bodies. If one blew out, there was always a neighbor nearby to quickly offer help, and relight the candle. I was surprised at how many people showed up, and even more surprised at how many people just wandered up and joined us.

It was a beautiful night to remember a terrible day.

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