A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found few Americans plan to observe
the upcoming 9/11 anniversary in a formal way, though the majority
still regards the terror attack as the most memorable event in
The poll, released in
Monday, found 71 percent of Americans called 9/11 the most
memorable news event of their lifetime.
Asked whether 9/11 changed the way they live, 29 percent said
yes -- up from 18 percent five years ago.
However, only 6 percent said they would observe Tuesday's
anniversary in a formal way, such as attending a memorial event or
taking the day off.
Most of them, 71 percent, -- said they would mark it informally,
perhaps by praying, keeping a moment of silence or watching news
Almost one-quarter said they didn't plan to observe it at
Edward Linenthal, a University of Indiana scholar who has
written about memorials in US history, says a certain loss of focus
is inevitable on "the in-between anniversaries" whose years don't
end in 5 or 0.
"Like any event, even Pearl Harbor, the more time goes by, the
less central it becomes to our experience," says Robert Thompson, a
Syracuse University professor who studies US popular culture.
(Xinhua News Agency September 11, 2007)