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Patriot Day????

September 10, 2010 - Joselyn King

I would wish you a very happy Patriot Day -- but somehow it just doesn't seem appropriate. I will continue to call the day "9-11."

The idea of a "Patriot Day" -- less than a week after Labor Day -- conjures up the image of fireworks and barbecues and extending summer for yet another week.

In reality, it is now the term for a day commemorating 9-11-01, the date of the terrorists attacks on New York, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pa.

I believe the simple title "9-11" is a more than appropriate name to mark the occasion, during which many first responders heeded 9-1-1 calls. Many then subsequently gave their lives.

And lets not forget the workers who were in their offices early that day -- the attacks came before 9 a.m. -- and never suspected they would never go home again.

Yes, there was a lot of "patriotic" sentiment following the attacks. American men and women next would go to war to to maintain the freedoms of their country, and they would be called "patriots."

Still, I wouldn't think it appropriate to have a "Patriot Day" ticker-tape parade through New York City on 9-11, complete with marching bands, dancers and a purple Barney balloon.

The day should be commemorated for what it was -- a 9-1-1 emergency to the 911th degree.

The term "Patriot Day" seems a lame attempt at marketing U.S. government actions to the people, and it seems disrespectful.


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