Should Sept. 11 be a National Holiday?

After 12 years, have your feelings dulled since the terrorists’ attacks on the United States that changed the face of the world?

Terrorist attack the World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001. Credit: Special
Terrorist attack the World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001. Credit: Special
On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed throughout the United States as a terrorist attack was launched against our country.  


It's been 12 years and the feelings of many metro Atlanta residents haven't dulled since the terrorists’ attacks that changed the face of the world.

There has been talk through the years of making Sept. 11 a national holiday. On a note of comparison, Veterans Day originated in the era surrounding our nation’s Civil war, but it wasn’t until 1971 that it was recognized as an official federal United States holiday.


Do you think Sept. 11 should be a national holiday?


Locally, almost 600 runners took to the streets in Buckhead on Sunday for the third annual RPM 9/11 Victory Race at Chastain Park. The 5K race benefits the American Legion Post 140, and is run in the memory of Special Forces soldier Ryan P. Means, who served in Iraq before passing away in 2009.  

More 9/11 events are scheduled for this week, including a Brookhaven Food Truck event on Wednesday night where people will be able to participate in a group mural to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Also Wednesday night in Decatur, Oak Grove United Methodist Church will host a Community Prayer Service that will focus on prayers for peace in remembrance of the events of 9/11.

Do you know of a special 9/11 event happening in the metro Atlanta area this week? Please share in the comment section below and we’ll help get the word out.

Lou September 10, 2013 at 08:49 AM
Of course not.
gdfo September 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM
No. September 11 should not be a National Holiday. It should be a National Day of Remembrance. No time off. No shut down of businesses. Just a Day to Reflect and Remember what happened and the heroic efforts of those who were victims and those who worked to save them.
Camille Mahdi September 11, 2013 at 09:24 AM
I agree with the statements above, absolutely not! People should not be out eating bbq and partying on September 11. I can't believe it has even been suggested! It's bad enough that MLK day is treated like a time to party (FYI, I was and still am against an "MLK Holiday"...I believed back then as a teen and believe now as an adult that it should have been named Civil Rights Day, to honor all who fought for equality.) A National Day of Rememberence for September 11 is a good idea gdfo!
Nadja Adolf February 20, 2014 at 05:19 PM
We do have National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and it is not a holiday. I agree with Camille about MLK Day; there are a lot of people who fought for equality and died - Medger Evers, the Deacons for Defense, Malcolm X after he went to Mecca and was cured of his racism and came back and renounced his former beliefs and tried to help heal society, Rosa Parks, and countless others of all races. Few people remember the efforts made by Americans of Asian ancestry to overcome the horrible discrimination against them; the same can be said for the descendants of the Irish and German immigrants who faced ethnic hatred. How many people today realize that American Indians were not allowed to vote or travel in much of the country. The Kawaiisu people of California were held as slaves throughout the 19th Century and not permitted to vote until 1957 although federal law granted the franchise to American Indians in 1924 but California found loopholes. The 14th Amendment deliberately excluded American Indians from voting. California had segregated schools until at least 1948; Asians, Latinos, American Indians, and Blacks were separated from Whites, and often from each other. San Francisco had a separate school for Americans of Asian extraction, and was generally extremely segregated. The worst racism wasn't in the South. My mother, who had visible American Indian ancestry was not infrequently refused service in restaurants outside of New Mexico and Arizona as late as the end of the 1960s and early 1970s. In some areas she wasn't even allowed to try on clothing in the store; it seems they were afraid that cheekbones and tawny skin were contagious and could be spread by clothing. The ultimate irony is that she was a Mayflower descendant, a descendant of Revolutionary War soldiers, and the grand daughter of a rancher who ordered books by the railroad car load for his personal library. I should be deeply offended by the cavalry banners still carried by the mechanized military units that descended from those old units; but I am a grown up and can handle it.
Nadja Adolf February 20, 2014 at 05:22 PM
Not everyone I listed above died fighting for civil rights, but they lived under threat. We forget that in the Reconstruction South the poor whites and the freed slaves often worked together in building the new state governments. Many of the early segregation laws passed after Reconstruction were designed to prevent that from ever threatening the social elite again - a social elite that included Northern corporations, including coal companies and others that were as willing as any plantation owner to exploit and abuse free blacks and poor whites.


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