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    A Day of Remembrance and Tolerance
    It seems strange to suggest that today should be a holiday, for the anniversary of the worst day in American history is certainly nothing to celebrate.

    And while Memorial Day would seem to similarly denote a day of solemn commemoration, I don't know that amidst road trips and barbecues too many of us give active thought to remembering and thanking those who gave their lives in service to our country (except those who have lost relatives and friends).

    So not only would it seem improper for 9/11 to be honored as a day where people have fun instead of going to work or school, coming so close on the heels of Labor Day it would be logistically implausible for September 11th to become an official federal holiday, or at least one with real consequence to as opposed to Flag Day or even Veterans Day.

    Obviously, even without being specially earmarked, the date 9/11 will always carry forth a mournful resonance. I've never felt the need for a bumper sticker or window decal saying, "We Will Never Forget," as I have never come close to forgetting--nor I imagine have you--the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, the lives lost and where I was when I heard about the first plane having hit, the second plane hitting, the third plane hitting the Pentagon, each of the towers falling and the fourth plane crashing in Pennsylvania.

    I didn't know anyone who lost their life that day, although one of the heroes of Flight 93, Todd Beamer--the guy who said, "Are you guys ready? Okay. Let's roll!"--was a poker buddy of a good friend of mine.Source URL: http://abeautifuldayinthegayborhood.blogspot.com/2011/09/9-11-memorial.html
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