Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Patriot Day

This is the first year I remember hearing that Title.
Did it sneak up on me like an elephant? Is the fact that I haven't heard the term more telling of me or how it came about?! haha. In any case, it's perfect. Of all the things I remember about that time, the strongest memories are of the feelings that came after the attack.

None of the usual political or social unrest seemed to matter. Our disagreements with each other became minuscule. Maybe it's a good reminder, especially in election year, that differences of opinion are what make our country unique. We should still be able to come together, to unify for the greater good--so to speak.

That's all.
In my prayers are all the victims and survivors of 9/11. The families who lost loved ones, especially.
With Love,


  1. If only we could hang on to that American spirit, each and every day. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this day.

  2. Hi Bethanne! I guess I'm a little surprised you had not heard of it before now, especially being a military family. It was signed into resolution by George W. Bush Dec 2001, and on Sept 4, 2002 Bush proclaimed it a national holiday. Though not a federal holiday, it does requests all American flags at home and abroad be flown at half-mast, and a moment of silence observed at 8:46 to remember all victims.

    1. OMG, that's awful! I'm totally ashamed. Maybe I just have ignored it. I remember last year pretty much avoiding facebook and the internet completely on this day.

      Last year, we were pretty new to the military and we didn't live near a base, either. As a matter of fact, we were in the process of moving, so maybe I was just preoccupied with other things to realize. Of course, that doesn't excuse all the previous years. Then again, I'm losing my memory. I must be. I should pull up all the posts from 9/11 for the last 10 years... wonder if I'm repeating myself?

    2. Don't feel so bad about not knowing about Patriot Day. Where I work, we receive e-mail notices about every special day / month there is, often weeks in advance. Sometimes they even follow up afterwards with pictures and stories of the celebrations that took place. The events cover every nearly every race, creed, region, national origin, and sexual preference. If One-Legged Aardvark Week is on the calendar, we'll hear about it.

      Late in the day on September 11, appearing as somewhat of an afterthought, we received a notice about the "National Day of Service and Remembrance," another name for Patriot Day, approved in 2009. There was no direct mention of the name "Patriot Day" in the e-mail.

      That place I work for: The Federal Government

    3. If this is the comment you meant, I should tell you when I first saw it, I meant to come in and reply. I must have forgotten. :) This made me chuckle. No doubt, would have been my reply.


  3. Don't feel too bad, really. It's easy to be preoccupied when moving, and especially when you have kids. I still haven't finished unpacking all my boxes from my move last month. I figure there will be plenty of winter days for such occupation. ;-)

  4. As the saying goes, we learn something new everyday! The important thing isn't what the day is called - it's what we remember. A sad time, but one that brought the country and everyone shared the same patriotic sentiments.


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