Quote of the Day - Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer; the secret of redemption lies in remembrance. - Richard von Weizsaecker
My Vote for Remembering September 11, 2001
At least two websites, vote.com and CNN Student News, are asking the question whether September 11, 2001, should be declared a national holiday. With the tragic events that make up that day so fresh in our memory, it's an understandable question.
Vote.com argues "A holiday is needed to ensure that the attacks don't fade from memory. This would not only be a tribute to the thousands who died; it would honor the strength of America in its darkest hours." MIPTC agrees with the latter statement, but not the former.
Interestingly, Vote.com also argues that a similar "commeration" occurs based on December 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day. True, and many tributes exist, but it's not a national holiday. We have many national tragedies, and some in very recent memory like the Challenger space shuttle accident. These tragedies stretch back to our very beginnings as a nation in 1774 - the Boston Tea Party massacre. Although I wish for world peace like many others, I am not foolish enough to think that another tragedy will not occur in the future.
Not all of these tragedies can be remembered with a separate holiday. Some would argue that we already have one holiday: Memorial Day.
Surely, as a nation, we all need to pause to remember September 11, and those who lost their lives as well as though who are fighting to preserve democracy and our way of life. We will do so again on Memorial Day.
But, as President Bush has urged us, we need to continue on with our daily lives and not let terrorists gain the upper hand. Although I couldn't review the results of the vote.com site, 56% on CNN vote "No" for a national holiday.
Now, I'll bow my head in prayer, shed my tears in memory of September 11. And then, I'll go back to work and do my duty to my country.