On April 21, 2009, President Obama signed legislation that funds the promotion of
September 11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance.
I do not think September 11 should be sugarcoated or converted into any sort of semi-holiday.
I feel the same way about December 7 - the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by surprise in 1941.
We should never forget what happened to our country at Pearl Harbor, but we should not make December 7 a holiday.
Holidays (holy-days) should only commemorate good things such as July 4 Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Presidents' Day, etc.
On April 19, 1995, the
But we should not morph the April 19 Oklahoma tragedy into some sort of annual special day of commemoration or atonement. And the same goes for September 11.
I would not want to give the terrorists or those that share their views, the satisfaction of knowing that they helped create any type of semi-holiday for the American people.
Think how unsettling it would be if people got time off from work because it was September 11.
And what if they were cooking on their BBQs and having a good time and thinking to themselves:
"It sure is nice having the day off....I don't condone the actions of the airline hijackers,.....but it sure is nice having the day off."
- That type of thinking would be very disturbing.
At this time there is no indication that "September 11 National Day of Service" would be a day off with pay. But maybe some workers and students would get some time off so that they could go do some good deeds.
Just imagine some kids asking some twisted thinking person as to what the September 11 National Day of Service was all about. That hypothetical twisted person might explain:
Now, those are very sickening sentiments in the pink box above as spoken by a hypothetical twisted person.
The fact is that those terrorists that commandeered those airliners are nothing but disgusting deranged murderers.
Their hideous actions had not a drop of "service" in them. Their actions were malicious, hate filled and vile.
The actions on September 11, 2001, of the brave New York firefighters and policemen who risked and lost their lives are exemplary to the highest level. Their brave, noble and selfless acts should never be forgotten. They will forever be heroes and an inspiration for the entire nation.
In my humble opinion the best way to remember the noble firefighters and policemen and the rest of the nearly 3000 innocent victims that died in the September 11, 2001 attack, is to have it written plainly in the history books.
I was not even born when Pearl Harbor was bombed in the sneak attack on December 7, 1941, but I'm not going to forget about the 2400 innocent Americans that died there.
I don't need the government to create a distorted holiday called "December 7 Clean up the Beach Day" to help me remember those that died in the Pearl Harbor attack. It is not good for the psyche to have one's nose rubbed in the Pearl Harbor tragedy in a skewed or disingenuous way on an annual basis.
Any tragedy requires a proper healing process. In the cases of 9-11, Pearl Harbor and the Oklahoma City bombing, we persued and dealt with the perpetrators.
After meting out justice we need to let the unpleasant searing memories fade from the forefront of our minds so that we can go about our daily lives. But we need to keep in the back of our minds any lessons learned about security and preparedness.
Randy S. Griffin,
Sep. 11, 2009Patriot Day and/or National Day of Service and Remembrance (Which one?)
I just heard on Sep. 10, 09 that there is something called "Patriot Day" for September 11. I had never heard of that.
Patriot Day started out with U.S. House Joint Resolution 71, which passed the U.S. House by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. President Bush signed it into law as Dec. 18, 2001 as Public Law 107-89. This law requests that flags be displayed at half staff every year on September 11.
The following White House proclamation by President Obama concerning September 11 was released on Sep 10, 09 on the following website:
The White House proclamation is displayed directly below:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2009
Through the twisted steel of the twin
towers of the
Today, we honor the lives we lost 8 years ago. On a bright September day, innocent men, women, and children boarded planes and set off for work as they had so many times before. Unthinkable acts of terrorism brought tragedy, destruction, pain, and loss for people across our Nation and the world.
As we pay tribute to loved ones, friends, fellow citizens, and all who died, we reaffirm our commitment to the ideas and ideals that united Americans in the aftermath of the attacks. We must apprehend all those who perpetrated these heinous crimes, seek justice for those who were killed, and defend against all threats to our national security. We must also recommit ourselves to our founding principles. September 11 reminds us that our fate as individuals is tied to that of our Nation. Our democracy is strengthened when we uphold the freedoms upon which our Nation was built: equality, justice, liberty, and democracy. These values exemplify the patriotism and sacrifice we commemorate today.
In that same spirit of patriotism, I call
upon all Americans to join in service and honor the lives we lost, the heroes
who responded in our hour of need, and the brave men and women in uniform who
continue to protect our country at home and abroad. In April, I was proud to
sign the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve
Throughout the summer, people of all ages
and backgrounds came together to lend a helping hand in their communities
through United We Serve. As this summer of service draws to an end, we renew
the call to engage in meaningful service activities and stay engaged with those
projects throughout the year. Working together, we can usher in a new era in
which volunteering and service is a way of life for all Americans. Deriving
strength from tragedy, we can write the next great chapter in our Nation's
history and ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the promise of
By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as Patriot Day, and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my
hand this tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine,
and of the
The above White House proclamation (in the box) was taken from the WhiteHouse.gov website.
(I increased the text size from 9 point to 12 point).