While updating my calendar for September I got excited about the Labor Day weekend and the NFL football season starting. However, my mood was tempered by seeing Patriot Day on September 11th and remembering back to what occurred on that day 15 years ago. It got me thinking about why Patriot Day isn’t a Federal Holiday and why we don’t do a better job of celebrating and remembering.
Background on Patriot Day (source: Wikipedia)
In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, PresidentGeorge W. Bush, proclaimed Friday September 14, 2001, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.
A bill to make September 11 a national day of mourning was introduced in the U.S. House on October 25, 2001, by Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) with 22 co-sponsors, among them eleven Democrats and elevenRepublicans. The bill requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as Patriot Day. Joint Resolution 71 passed the House by a vote of 407–0, with 25 members not voting. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on November 30. President Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18 as Pub.L. 107–89. On September 4, 2002, President Bush used the authority of the resolution to proclaim September 11, 2002, as the first Patriot Day.
Patriot Day in 2016
15 years after the devastating attack on our country, maybe it’s time to make Patriot Day a Federal Holiday. A day when we celebrate first responders (police officers, firefighers and emergency medical technicians) and those that lost their lives on that tragic day and in the years to come fighting the war on terror.