While commenting at the April 5, 2010 City Council meetingÂ on the celebration of the bicentennial of Mexican Independence in Santa Ana, City Councilwoman Claudia AlvarezÂ remarked that the tragedy that befell our nation on September 11, 2001 was a “horrible Accident.”
There had been a great deal of controversy over the original proposal by the City to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 11, 2010. The actual anniversary is September 16th. Because of the controversy the original recommendation from the committee chaired by Alvarez, to celebrate on Septemmber 11th, was changed to September 18th.
Maybe the difference between Incident and Accident got lost in translation. Ms. Alvarez, an ACCIDENT is an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss. The horrible tragedy caused by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 were INCIDENTS, individual occurrences or events, of national significance.