Since September 11, 2001, everyone has struggled to properly honor and remember the tragic terror attacks that struck at the core of the United States nearly 16 years ago. While many have pushed for 9/11 to be a federal holiday, others argue that it would be impractical to do so and worry turning a tragedy into a national holiday would actually diminish its importance.
September 11’s proximity to Labor Day and the start of the academic calendar also presented practical concerns. An additional holiday costs both federal and states governments hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity; people also worried that 9/11 might ultimately become trivialized by barbeques and car or mattress sales.
But many have argued 9/11 should be a federal holiday so Americans never forget the victims and first responders who lost their lives.
Immediately after 9/11, our country supported our first responders in a way I’d never heard or seen in my lifetime. Cops and firefighters walked a little taller all over our country, knowing they were part of this elite family of those willing to give their lives to protect others. Our men and women in the Armed Forces had a battle cry when fighting wars for other countries on other continents to protect our freedom.