September 11, 2001, Now Patriots Day
Back in 2014 I asked on Facebook “Why is today Patriots Day on some calendars?” I got hazed, chastised, questioned, and of course shamed. My intention was to spark a discussion between the events of that day and the meaning of Patriot.
There were certainly many heroes that day. And they all should be remembered.
I looked up remembrance long ago, and found November 11th, now Veterans Day, was originally remembrance day, the day of the Armistice of World War I in 1918. So that name was taken. And we did not remember enough since WWII happened, by the same aggressors in Europe.
The simple definition of a Patriot is one who loves and supports his or her country. And to make this day to those assumes a lot.
I was raised on the more classical definition; The word patriot signifies a person who loves his or her country and is ready to boldly support and defend it. That I have served in the military and been involved in Boy Scouts over decades, country, and community with no political affiliations.
So I want to hear. Is there a better name for today?