It is hard to know what to say once the moment of silence is over.
Imagine how senators and members of the House of Representatives must now have to consider their public appearances, especially at home with constituents, where they have usually not had any form of protection.
While we continue to follow the critical condition of Congresswoman Giffords and others still hospitalized, we mourn the deaths of others at the event. The story of the 9 year old girl born on 9/11 who had just been elected to her student council is particularly poignant.
The real question is where do we as a nation go from here in our characterizations of one another?