My mama told me that since I’m not in America I can’t understand the emotional effect the disasterous events that happened on September 11, but, uh, couldn’t folks come up with a better name for the day that will go down as one of the darkest in American history? It seems so contrite and, well, uninspired. “Remember the Alamo!” “Remember Pearl Harbor!” “Remember Wounded Knee!” “Remember Memphis!” etc. Those were events that happened at more specific geographic locations, so that makes it a little easier. There were four planes that went down in three locations; doubtlessly the collapse of the World Trade Center towers will remain the outstanding part of the day. Couldn’t we come up with a better name than two numbers though? As an American, one of the things I’ve taken pride in is our ingenuity in the face of difficulty. Is it humility and respect for the dead that prevents us from giving the day a stronger name, or is it just that “Nine eleven” says it best?
A few suggestions:
…damn, I can’t think of a thing. Maybe “Nine Eleven” is the best we can do… But you ain’t never gonna catch me saying “Nine Eleven Day.”