Thursday, September 11, 2003

Many people are pushing to make September 11 a national holiday. Should we treat it like Columbus Day and Veterans Day, where federal employees get the day off, but everybody else has to work? Or should we treat it like Memorial Day and Labor Day, giving everybody a three-day weekend and allowing stores to have big sales? September 11 should be treated like December 7: acknowledge what happened, fly the flag at half staff, and go about our lives.

I also propose that the observances held during Memorial Day include those who died during the September 11 attacks. Tom Burnett, one of the passengers on Flight 93, is buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Although he wasn't a veteran, he was considered one of the first casualties in the War on Terrorism.

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