Should September the Eleventh Be A National Holiday?
On September 11th 2001, the United States was attacked by terrorists who decided to try to crash 4 planes full of passengers into targets that they felt could cause the most damage to our country. The succeeded by crashing into Towers one and two of the World Trade center, the Pentagon, and a field in New Jersey. They killed over 3,000 people, mostly civilians, who had no chance to defend themselves. Now, one year later, there is question about whether or not this date should be made into a holiday or remain a day of remembrance. Although having a holiday to remember the lives lost in these tragic events may be justifiable, I think that it would be morbid to get a day off, a holiday, celebrating a momentous loss of life.
Today Labor Day, Memorial Day, and other such holidays are days of shopping sales and fun. People go out and have barbeques and parties on these days. If 9-11 were made into a day-off who can say whether or not it will remain a day of remember the tragic events of that day. Other such attacks, such as the bombings of the USS Cole, the embassies in Africa, Khowar Towers in Saudi Arabia, and the previous attach on the WTC building, haven't had a holiday named after them. Even The Oklahoma City bombing does not have a holiday. Although these in no way can compare to the loss of life and devastation of 9-11, they are still horrible events that should also be remembered. 9-11 should not be made a holiday that will slowly lose its significance over the years. It should be a day to remember the precious lives lost and as a day the world found out that the United States will not sit by and let terrorists do whatever they want to us.
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