I have a question. I have heard different people talking about 911 and wether it should be considered a National Holiday or not. I feel it should be and I'll tell you why. 20 yr's from now when kids are in school and they get the day off and ask why are we getting Sept. 11 off there parents can tell them, that's the day America came under attack and we lost alot of BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN that day. Plus I fell we as Americans forget to easy about what happens. I think we need to be reminded from time to time how good we have here. Ask some one on the street what happened on 09/11/01 and watch the replys you get. So if we make it a holiday then people will always remember. Just my thought.
I have to agree, but for the city, county and state of new york, should do some thing first.. since i do believe so many people beyond those who perished in the one day, post years after, who worked the site,and now must deal w health issues... no one is confirming their issues were contributed to or caused by that one day and working there afterwards... we celebrate dec 7th for the USS ARIZONA AND PEARL HARBOR.. 9-11 should be same.. in due time... the only thing which holds it up is that its so close to LABOR DAY... oh well...what do fire and rescue personel do..... WORK.....becoming a national day.. well.. let the next president deal w that one..
I have to agree that 9/11 is a very significant day and should never be forgotten. Now, that being said, what about another day? I am not saying that 9/11 should not be a holy ay for the fire service so don't take this that way. What about a National Safety Forces Day? This would be a day to remember all of those who have fallen, not just those that were murdered on 9/11. What does everyone think about that?
If I am not mistaken, Our president called it Patriots day. (no not the day of the boston marathon) I think it would take some immense work because corporate America doesn't want to pay a holiday even for the right reasons. I truely agree it should be, it was a day that stood still in time. We all know where we were, and what we were doing when we found out. We all felt the same hollow feeling when we watched the towers collapse and realized the amount of lives that were going to be lost. Congress needs to get off their butts and make this happen!
I have to agree here. Our President has called 9/11 Patriots Day for several years now. Corporate America may or may not ever recognize it, but how may Emergency Services providers get holidays off anyway?? I know that Emergencies don't stop happening because it is a holiday. Our President has recognized it, and it has been a time of reflection and personal meditation for me since that day.
Every year on 9/11 the flag at my firehouse flies at half staff. I take the time for personal meditation and thank God for the gifts that have bestowed upon me due largely to the sacrifices of other people. Our Military, Our Emergency Services, Our Government, Our Friends and Our Families. They have all contributed to the freedoms that We enjoy in our lives. I take the time to thank God for the time that I have on this earth and for giving me the strength to continue doing the job that I have grown to love.
For me, if it is officially recognized, Great! If not, that day will sit heavy in my heart for the rest of my life. I will take the time to teach my children what it means to sacrifice, and what it means to give everything that you are to a worthy cause, regardless of whether or not Patriots Day is officially recognized. Volunteer, Career, Auxiliary, doesn't matter to me. What is important is that we are all here to do a job and to do it with all that we are. To sometimes sacrifice what is important to ourselves for the common good. This is true volunteerism.
I hope my response isn't taken the wrong way, but i do not believe it should be a holiday. I do think it should be a day for quiet reflection and celebration of the lives that were lost. I truly do not think people are going to forget this. Hiroshima, Pearl Harbour, D-Day, etc have not been forgotten and we do not have a separate holiday for each of these events, with the exception of Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day (please correct me if I'm wrong, I am in Canada after all... lol).
I basically feel that celebrating this day would be a shame, considering it will also be celebrated in other parts of the world for the opposite reasons. Do we really want to celebrate the same day that will be celebrated as the day they Hurt us? I can't celebrate that day, and I never will. I don't want to relax and take it easy that day either. I want to reflect, give thanks and know that lives were saved because of lives that were given.
Spanner I think you are close to the mark, This day will never be forgotten, much like the Attack on Pearl Harbor will never be forgotten. Which was the first true attack on modern american soil. 9/11 was the first attack on american soil in the new millenium. It should not be a holiday, a day off for children and adults from work and school. It is a somber day much like memorial day, but when was the last time you used memorial day to reflect on those that gave their lives for your freedom? I'd be willing to bet most, aside from those participating in parades, were not reflective of the day or what it means.... to many it was just a long weekend to kick off summer a little early (I'm not accusing anyone here...just a generalization about most of the population, I know we as firefighters are very aware of it's meaning). Keep it like Pearl Harbor Day, and if that means making it a holiday for rememberance so be it... but this day far transcends the label of holiday. It is beyond substantial enough to never be forgotten, with or without the label "Federal Holiday". Stay safe..Never forget.... It is up to us to always remember
I believe that there should be a national day of rememberance in regards to 9-11. May we never forget, like some people have over the years. At first you saw American flags on everything and people had the understanding of what happened. It seems if you dont give them a kick in the butt to remind them, they don't care about what happened.
The Bomberos in Mexico have whats called Dia de Bombero. It is a National holiday in Mexico that is celebrated all over the entire country. It is a day of reflection and then a huge get together afterwards. We get invited to go every year and we send a small contingency. In Juarez right on the other side of the border they created a monument to the firefighters. Both present and lost. I think we need to step it up on this side and have our Holiday. The National Day for Firefighters and Emergency Personnel, or something like that. There are enough of us out here that it could happen.
Well enough for now
Doesn't it seem like there aren't as many flags waving as there was the week after 9/11? It's sad that it takes a tragedy like that for people to show their patriotism. There definitely should be a day of rememberance! On 9/11 of this year I was driving on the highway and noticed that a McDonalds restaurant didn't have their flags half way down in remembrance so I called and well the manager said he was going to put them half way down, but never did. I called back again to remind them, but the girl on the other end didn't even know how to do it. Anyways, it will be a cold day in hell before I ever walk in and eat at that establishment. McDonalds on Union Street for those who live around here don't waste you buck at their dollar menu. Same day I went to my community college to pick up my books and same thing there. I called and made sure they put the flag halfway down cause if they didn't I would've lectured their butts about it. It took them about an hour but someone got off their lazy butt and put it half way down. It's sad how people forget that day. I will never get it out of my head.
I agree about a day for 9-11 but what bothers me is that the country has all but forgotten that while alot of people dies on that day in New York. We also lost people in PA as well as the Pentagon. While they were not FIREFIGHTERS they should still be thought of as family!