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It doesn't change the larger commemoration, to be sure, but it has seared itself into my memory of that morning eleven years ago. You see, September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday that many of us will never forget. Somehow—and I do not know why this matters to me...but it does—the commemorations when everything down to the day of the week are "the same" have particular resonance for me. 2006 and 2012 follow this pattern, and somehow...again...it feels closer to the awful spectacle of that day in 2001. I suspect that it is something that matters only to people who are peculiarly aware of the calendar.
What I am trying to say here is that it is not trivial, even if it might seem so to many. It is tied to memory in ways that I feel, but cannot quite tease out for explanation.
It doesn't change anything, but somehow the little weekday patterns make it even more vivid. I always notice, and that awful day is repeated in that extra dimension...today.