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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

For Every 9/11, There Is a 9/13

In the early morning of the day that my dad died, I wondered, as I drove to my mom's house, what the date was. "Sept. 11" was the reply. "I will always remember that date," I thought to myself.
      

That was in 1995. Six years later that date would become one that no one would forget. It took a while for that date to solidify as the all-embracing term for what to call the tragedy. It did not work just to refer to the incident as “the New York twin towers disaster,” for there were the crash into the Pentagon and the heroic yet disastrous outcome in a Pennsylvania field. Eventually the date, with its uncanny matching to the universal emergency phone number, took hold.
      

We in the Gulf South would face another 9/11 nearly four years later, on Aug. 29, 2005. This time it would not take a date but a simple female name –– once innocent but now, like Judas and Adolph, stained by history –– to identify the tragedy.
      

For every 9/11 in our lives, there are the 9/13s. They are, after the initial pain, dark moments to begin doing what must be done. My father's funeral was on that date. New York and New Orleans were grasping the challenges of burial and recovery by the second day following their disasters.
      

We should always honor the memorable dates, but when it comes to fully living our lives, we should cherish the dates that are forgettable.
      
      

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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

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Errol LabordeErrol Laborde holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans and is the editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing. In that capacity he serves as editor/associate publisher of New Orleans Magazine and editor/publisher of Louisiana Life magazine.

Errol is also a producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12. Errol is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the Press Club of New Orleans. He also received the National and City Regional Magazine Association Award for Best Column for his New Orleans Magazine column, beating out 76 city magazines across the country. In 2013, Errol received the award for the "Best News Affiliated Blog," awarded by the Press Club of New Orleans.

Errol’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Peggy, to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.

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