The ninth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, passed last weekend.
There were solemn memorials in New York City, Washington, D.C., and the field in Pennsylvania where one of the hijacked planes came down. Even nine years later, the memory of those events and that tragic day pulls at hearts across the world.
An obscure pastor, Terry Jones, seized the spotlight for a few days with a threat to burn Qurans, the holy text of Islam. Jones decided not to burn the books after he was told it could spark attacks on Americans.
The debate over a Muslim community center that wil include a mosque being built two blocks from ground zero, where the Twin Towers stood, remains a bitterly divisive issue.
Here in Mitchell, a poker run and street dance was held on Saturday. About 300 people attended the daylong event, according to organizers.
Was that an appropriate way to mark 9/11? Was Pastor Jones making a valid point about radical Islamic terrorists or merely stirring up more hate? And how did you observe this sad day in American history?