Today is the sixth anniversary of the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks. Im not gonna go into that, since w’ve all seen what has come after it. No, my point is that on many calendars this is being called ‘Patriot Day’.
There used to be, and in some places there still is, a holiday called ‘Patriots Day’ (note the Patriot/Patriots distinction). Patriots day is commonly celebrated on April 19th. It was to celebrate the patriotic spirit and remember those patriots who gave for their beliefs.
The current ‘Patriot Day’ is nothing like that. The current ‘Patriot Day’ is yet another example of how we’ve developed a need to memorialize every tragedy that occurs. If the powers that be feel this event warrants a special name and date, terrific..I dont agree but thats just me. However, I feel it detracts from a genuine and long-respected holiday. The original Patriots Day.
For the record, I celebrate Patriots Day every year in the finest fashion – going to the range and practicing my rifle skills.
So, look back on the events in 2001 and behave as you feel necessary. I recall watching the whole affair live on TV and all I could think was ‘There goes my liberty’…time has proven that I was correct. Call it whatever you wanna call it, but calling it ‘Patriot Day’ harkens a certain Orwellian recasting of history.