The Orangeburg program starts at 6:30 P.M. The hour-long event includes reading of the names, remarks by local officials and myself, and performances by local high school bands and by my co-lyricist and composer Russell Daisey singing our "Towers of Light" anthem. For more information, contact:
On this 11th anniversary, I hope those who need support and recognition, get it. I say this as a psychologist, as a first responder, as an America and as a world citizen. Such recognition is even more crucial in light of so many disasters that have happened since 9/11 that have affected citizens of so many countries around the world, from the southeast Asian tsunami, to the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, to the multiple earthquakes in China in 2008 to another just last week.
In my opinion, the world still needs healing from 9/11. Inner reflection and private healing is certainly valid and warranted. But this year's 11th anniversary should also be a day for public events to focus extensively and intensively on what happened, and on future peace and tolerance.
Judy Kuriansky is a clinical psychologist and couples counselor who goes by the name of "Dr. Judy" and is well known for dispensing advice on the radio. She has donated to a Republican presidential campaign in the past. The opinions expressed here are her own.