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Moment of Truce


On the seven-year anniversary of 9/11, the campaigns are taking a break from the sparring to honor the victims of the attacks and discuss service at a forum in New York City. Service, that is, to both country and community.

The theme of service has been apparent throughout the campaigns and particularly at the conventions, creating some of the most poignant moments, and also sparking the most controversy.

The most moving part of McCain's address to the Republican National Convention was his story of survival as a POW in Vietnam.

"The good man in the cell next door, my friend, Bob Craner, saved me. Through taps on a wall he told me I had fought as hard as I could. No man can always stand alone. And then he told me to get back up and fight again for our country and for the men I had the honor to serve with. Because every day they fought for me."

And in a Q&A with Newsweek a former Obama supervisor addressed the GOP's attacks on community organizers.

"He had to change the power dynamics between business, government interests and the community. It's very challenging sort of work."

But to relive a community coming together, spend a few moments thinking about the events of 9/11 and what's happened in the years since. WNET's New York Voices has a collection of stories about 9/11 survivors, the reconstruction of Ground Zero, and a look at the year in the life of Brooklyn's Poly Prep school, which lost 13 members of its community in the attacks.

Then share how you''ll commemorate the 9/11 anniversary. Do you think the campaigns are putting the right kind of emphasis on service?








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