Should 9/11 be a federal holiday? | The Tylt
The 16th anniversary of 9/11 has many wondering if Patriot Day should be a federal holiday. Some believe it is important to honor the 2,996 victims who lost their lives due to the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. But in 2009, Congress declared September 11 to be a National Day of Service and Remembrance, and many think it would be inappropriate to designate a holiday for such a tragic event. What do you think? 🇺🇸
Should 9/11 be a federal holiday?
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.
People continue to ask why 9/11 is not a federal holiday while many seemingly less important federal holidays still remain.
We should get 9/11 off instead of Columbus Day— Christian Danielle (@daniidubbs) September 2, 2017
Why is Labor Day even a holiday? Can we have a 9/11 + 1st Responders holiday the monday before 9/11 and incorporate NFL opening day into it?— Konerko's Bonerko (@BurkerKing85) September 4, 2017
But others still believe making 9/11 a federal holiday is unnecessary, and would have the opposite effect by desensitizing people to such an important day in U.S. history.
9/11 is not a holiday. If it was, that would mean we would celebrate in joy like we do on Christmas.🙄 yet 9/11 has nothing to be celebrating— Francisco Munroe (@Storm4501) September 12, 2016
I'm wondering if I'll live long enough to be completely pissed off and totally disgusted at the 9/11 Memorial Holiday One Day Only Sale.— greg (@prettydirges) September 12, 2016