Searching for Patriot Day

Being a television news producer on September 11, 2001, it was impossible to wake up this morning and not realize the date. All weekend I could feel this day approaching, even without tuning into news coverage of the 5th anniversary.

But out of morning habit, I checked the calendar on my fridge while chomping Cheerios and noticed today is a national holiday – Patriot Day.

I felt surprised that I had forgotten the President had given this date an actual name, a name that carries as much weight as Memorial Day or Labor Day.

I decided this would make an interesting blog topic. I knew Wikipedia would detail the specifics of observing Patriot Day, Technorati would have some interesting blog posts tagged “patriot day”, and some blogger would have a screen shot of Google on 9/11/2001.

I thought all of these pieces would enable me to put together a worthwhile blog post. But on the drive to work, my plans suddenly dissolved beneath the voice of Frank Miller.

In a spoken word essay on NPR, Frank Miller, a well-known comic book writer and artist, expressed his thoughts on patriotism and how September 11th changed those thoughts.

If I do as little as link to Mr. Miller’s essay, I will feel as though I’ve done my part to observe this day.