Should 9/11 Be A National Holiday?
I’d imagine like most Americans, save for conspiracy “truther” nuts (and more on them later), I’ve got a pit in my stomach on this day, every year, since the attacks happened in 2001.
Even now, 12 years later, I don’t think words can describe how chaotic that day was, and trying to comprehend what those people were going through on those planes before they crashed, what it was like to be in those buildings as they were burning or collapsing- and how horrific it must have been that it prompted who even knows how many to jump out of them, still makes me want to puke.
But for how uneasy and depressed that I annually feel on this day, especially when I consider how much of a drag the world’s become and how divided this country is ever since it all happened, I do often find myself questioning wether or not we’re doing enough to remember the events of that day, and wether or not we’re really honoring those who lost their lives.
I mean, posting on dumb social media sites and using assorted permutations of 9/11 hashtags and radio and television hosts talking about where they were at that exact moment it happened is all well n’ good, but I dunno, I just tend to think that people actually WANT to forget what happened that day, simply because it was so mind boggling horrible, and it conjures up terrible feelings in just about everybody.
Think about it. It’s not like any of the television networks, save for maybe NatGeo, show any of the footage on this day on an annual basis, do they?
No, they don’t.
And it’s not like I’m personally begging to see it in some twisted death-porn kind of way, but I do think that newscasts from 9/11/01 should be repeated on this day on a yearly basis so that it’s not buried and forgotten about just because it’s extremely difficult to watch because even today, it STILL seems so incomprehensible and like something out of a bad Jerry Bruckheimer movie.
ESPECIALLY for younger, less attentive (or in other words, stupider) generations.
I just feel like treating footage and audio from that day like it’s the Ark of the Covenant (DONT LOOK AT IT MARION!) ultimately doesn’t do us any good, as it makes us softer as a nation, and a whole lot less angry at the lunatics behind it all with each passing year.
Thankfully, for those of us that do feel the need to feel that sting on this day, there’s YouTube, where there’s no shortage of full broadcasts from just about every news station covering the events as they unfolded 12 years ago, along with the brilliant Howard Stern show from that day which is a must listen, and other rarely seen footage and audio (although, I’d say I’d steer clear of the 911 phone calls from inside the twin towers. They’re beyond heartbreaking and it just feels intrusive.)
So if television networks won’t replay footage, and most people just doing their “remembering” by posting on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram, I guess it ultimately begs the question, should September 11th be a national holiday?
After thinking about it for a while, I’m going to have to say that no, it shouldn’t, simply because I think a 9/11 holiday would eventually be trivialized by commercialism.
Think about it. You don’t think that like, a decade from now that there’d be some sleazy car dealerships having sales where you put nine dollars and eleven cents down on a new or used car, and you won’t have to start payments for three months? Of course there would!
Hell, as it is, there’s already been a golf course in Madison, Wisconsin that took a bunch of heat (and rightfully so) for offering 9 holes of golf for $9.11 to “commemorate” the 12th anniversary of 9/11.
Think of it this way, too. Memorial Day is a perfect example as to why 9/11 shouldn’t be a national holiday. How many of us can honestly say we give more than a split second thought to those soldiers and sailors who lost their lives fighting for our country before heading off for beaches and barbecues and getting absolutely hammered over a 3 day weekend that kicks off summer.
Not to mention, if 9/11 were going to be made into a national holiday, then so should December 7th in an effort to honor the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Then what to do?
Well, for me, besides news media doing a bit more due diligence to make sure that footage from this day 12 years ago is annually shown so that none of us really do forget, how about calling this day- 9/11 First Responders Day- and having it not only marked on every calendar from hear on out, and recognize the tragedy by working to help our country or a fellow citizen, in some way or another.
Even if that means thanking a serviceman or woman for their duty, or paying the toll fare for the next few people behind you.
If you’d like to get on board with this, I’d recommend checking out 911day.org
Before I wrap this up, just a quick note about the “Truther” idiots.
It has been 12 years, you paranoid losers, and you haven’t brought ANY of your claims to court, you’ve proven absolutely none of your claims, and only a minuscule amount of the world’s engineers and scientists agree with your crackpot theories.
And those of them that do are just charlatans looking to make a quick buck off you anyway.
NOBODY in the real world cares about your fringe, nut-job movement, and you’ve only succeeded in one thing- that you might be the most reviled and hated group in this country.
Pretty impressive, considering that we’ve got the likes of the Westboro Baptist Church, Neo-Nazi Militias, and Furries hanging around.
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