Is your school celebrating Patriot Day?

Both of my children’s schools are celebrating Patriot Day this year to remember those lives lost during 9-11, but I swear this is the first year I’ve heard it called that.

According to Calendar Updates website Patriot Day was signed into law on Dec. 18, 2001, but I don’t think I’ve heard anyone call it that before this year. I remember a moment of silence and prayer at the time of the attacks over the years. But I don’t remember the schools naming it and having activities surrounding it.

Maybe it has picked more official activities since 2009 when “President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act which recognizes September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, calling upon Americans to make an enduring commitment to serve their community and our Nation.”

One of the schools is technically celebrating on Monday. They are having a read-a-thon and parents coming in to read with the kids. They may have other patriotic proceedings but that’s all I’ve read so far.

My other child’s school is observing it tomorrow it with a flag raising ceremony.

My friend’s school in the city of Atlanta was having what seemed to be a week up events leading up to this weekend, with the kids even dressing in patriotic colors one day.

From Calendar Updates web site:

“On Patriot Day, Americans should fly their flags at half-staff and observe a moment of silence to honor those individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks.

On September 11, 2001, two hijacked civilian aircraft crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third hijacked aircraft crashed into the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. And a forth hijacked aircraft crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania after passengers tried to take control of the aircraft in order to prevent the hijackers from crashing the aircraft into an important symbol of democracy and freedom. Thousands of innocent people lost their lives in this tragedy.

The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation calling on:

  1. state and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities;
  2. all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States and interested organizations and individuals to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001;
  3. the people of the United States to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.”

Now don’t confuse it with Patriot’s Day, which commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775. Patriot’s Day is annually held on the third Monday of April.

So is your school celebrating Patriot Day sometime around Sept 11 – this week or next week? What are they doing to observe it? Have they observed it in the past? Do you remember hearing the name or was it just moments of silence or prayers at the attack time?

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Seven Sisters

September 9th, 2011
12:35 am

Hello Theresa,

Today the real economic numbers are more like 18% either unemployed or underemployed, for which you and your family have not experienced – thank goodness. You are living based on your husband providing a six figure income, which most families do not have. To encourage censorship for your blog which is totally dependence upon unique visits is interesting; after all, isn’t that what pays your bring home pay?

You have never seen a man whom you love without a job, the most depressing sight there is. A man without a job feels worthless for his family. Meanwhile, you enjoy the pool and the gym to watch The View while so many families have the old man at home without a job and the wife secretly resenting his unemployment. You I dare say have no reality of what is happening in America with men out of work. So you write about Michael doing the laundry; another void in reality as you mock him. Forget this equal thinking that marriage is a joint venture; you have a husband providing over a six figure income to your household yet you mock him in today’s economic environment. How dare you. He pays the bills, not you. He provides the roof over your head while so many people are loosing their homes. And you jest at him in public? You have never felt pain, you have never experienced what so many Americans are going through. They do the right thing at work, but them they are sacked. Meanwhile you enjoy the pool. 15 American soldiers died last week in Afghanistan with mother and fathers ripped open. Meanwhile you blog about silly stuff in your life. Are you devoid of the reality going on around you? But yet you warn people about conforming to you blog…. My dear, you live in a devoid of reality around you. People are being killed in war and are being laid off every day. This is America – no jobs, no paycheck which you enjoy, no future for youth. What land are you living in.

Your husband brings home over six digit’s a year in income; why are you mocking him in today’s environment? You should not. You should be thankful that he has a good job, provides for your family and actually does laundry. There are many people who would kill for your life but you want total control, and censorship.

From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs. Be so thankful Michael has work and never, ever rip into him in public the way you have. You have no idea really what your America is going through.

Jeff

September 9th, 2011
6:53 am

SS, you need to see a doctor about that little thing you have.

Jeff

September 9th, 2011
6:55 am

TWG, I’ve never heard of it but I tend to not pay attention to things like that. I think generically it’s a good idea if we can keep the politics out of it. But then again, that always seems to rear its head eventually.

mom2alex&max

September 9th, 2011
7:03 am

Jeff: I am afraid that like everything else, it won’t be taught without political correctness. So they won’t learn anything meaningful.

shaggy

September 9th, 2011
7:05 am

Theresa,

I really think you should consider:

Why don’t you just “out” Seven Sisters “nice” handle? It would be way cooler to know what handles the schizoid is using.

shaggy

September 9th, 2011
7:14 am

Seven Sisters, or whoever you are today…

No one ever said life was easy or fair. Every day that you wake up sucking oxygen is a good day. You had no choice what you were born into. You could be scrubbing around in Somalia, looking for a grub to eat, while your emaciated child takes its last breath. Instead, you are typing on a computer, maybe unemployed…maybe not, in the GREATEST country that the world has ever seen, so get over it, suck it up, and quit whining about anyone else’s life or what they have to write about it.

ABC

September 9th, 2011
7:15 am

Can we please block @Seven Sisters or FatherJaneGoose or whoever this idiot is?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 9th, 2011
8:28 am

Seven Sisters there is no point in arguing with you. You have your mind made up about what my life is like and what I am all about. There’s nothing I can say that will convince you that I’ve suffered enough so I’m not engaging in this conversation.

If you feel the topics are too light then don’t read it or comment. Go somewhere else to play. At this point you are off topic on this blog. Being off topic is a reason to ban someone.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 9th, 2011
8:29 am

ABC shockingly I don’t believe they are same person.

PHR

September 9th, 2011
8:36 am

My son’s school is commemorating 9/11 today. They were asked to wear red, white, and blue to school today. They are going to tie red, white, and blue ribbons on the fence. I think it is a good idea and I will be ready to answer any questions that he might have. I heard that Linda Ellerbee did a 9/11 special on Nickelodeon aimed at explaining what happened to children. I would like to see it.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 9th, 2011
8:41 am

PHR – did they celebrate before? did they call it Patriot Day??? I remember moments of silence but I just don’t remember them calling it that.

JJ

September 9th, 2011
8:46 am

@Seven Sisters – I agree 10000000000000% with Shaggy. Maybe you need to re-evaluate YOUR life, instead of worrying about Theresa.

Lighten up, quit worrying about others (That’s Theresa’s job…LOL)…..and enjoy the life you have. If you aren’t happy, go find happiness. You are the only one who can make yourself happy. It’s not up to others. You seem to have a problem with what Neal Boortz calls “Wealth Envy”. Get up off the couch, and go live your life!!!!!

itpdude

September 9th, 2011
8:53 am

Patriot Day? It’s the first I’ve heard of it, too.

No, I will not be “celebrating” Patriot Day. September 11, 2001 was horrendous but what came later, in the name of 9/11, was even more horrendous.

I won’t be celebrating a day that brought about a vague worldwide war on terror, an unjustified invasion into a sovereign nation, abuses at Gitmo and Abu Ghraib, and a pile of servicemen coming home, in vain, either dead or physically and mentally maimed.

No thank you.

itpdude

September 9th, 2011
8:55 am

JJ shows his mental capacity by citing Neal Boortz.

Boortz is an imbecile as are his minions.

  

September 9th, 2011
8:56 am

I don’t recall Theresa mocking her husband. Unless I missed something, accusing her of that is incorrect.

I

September 9th, 2011
8:57 am

Boortz is an imbecile as are his minions

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 9th, 2011
8:58 am

don’t attack JJ – she’s defending me!! which I do appreciate it!

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September 9th, 2011
8:58 am

I don’t agree with calling it “Patriot Day” anymore now that the Tea Baggers have pretty much convinced themselves they invented the word ‘patriot’. Personally, it’s a day I would like to forget and give the surviving terrorists a reason to celebrate.

Name (required)

September 9th, 2011
8:59 am

Err….

that should be “and it only gives the surviving terrorists a reason to celebrate”

I Love Life Cereal

September 9th, 2011
9:00 am

Boortz is an imbecile as are his minions

This is incorrect. He is, however, a “showman” in that yes he does “stir the pot” and make the show a bit more over the top.

Neil Boortz requires callers to back up their sometimes outrageous and silly opinions with facts. He cites facts and repeatedly refuses to simply accept the status quo like so many average Joes.

Thanks for your incredibly mature and amazingly intelligent post. The fact that you describe someone as an “imbecile” who has “minions” speaks volumes; but not about him.

To Seven Sisters

September 9th, 2011
9:02 am

I think what I find the most disturbing about you is your inherent hate for women. All marriages require sacrifice and compromise, along with commitment.
I am a woman and I am the one that has the six figure salary. My husband stayed home with our three children when they were little. He then went back to work part-time for while and is now working full time. I have always paid the bills. He does the yard work. We share laundry and cooking duties. When he went back to work full time, we hired someone to clean twice a month and we share the duty in between. We did not plan for it to be this way; we worked to get it this way.
Yes, there are a lot of people that have been laid off. Those of us who have not are fortunate and know it. Because of the economy, I now work about 70+ hours a week doing the same job without an increase in pay. The company I work for did not lay people off but they did put on a hiring freeze and if someone quit or was fired, they did not hire to replace them.
I read this blog as a few minute escape each day. I have often wished that I was the one who had been able to stay home with our children when they were little. They are now 19, 17 and 14. When we started a family, we knew that we wanted one parent to be home and it just worked out that my career took off first.
Stop spreading your hate and take a look around you. While there are many things to complain about – there are many more to be thankful for.

justmy2cents

September 9th, 2011
9:09 am

It has been called Patriot Day for quite a few years now. The only reason I know is because 9-11 happens to be my birthday, and I inevitably get sucked into watching wayyyyyy too many news specials on that day and the weeks preceding.

My youngest daughter’s school sold shirts this year, which they are wearing today. They are red, have a blue eagle with stars on it, and say Remember Our Heroes. I am wearing it proudly today as well.

motherjanegoose

September 9th, 2011
9:10 am

Howdy from TEXAS,…
I once hear this saying…”if we hung all of our problems on the clothes line…you’d take yours and I’d take mine,,,” No one has a life without trouble. I have read some stories on this blog that are very sad. We all have baggage and yet we can carry it, put it aside but move on.

I have been married for almost 30 years to someone who has rarely done laundry. He HAS been employed every day of our marriage. He is a fantastic father to our children and even the dog loves her daddy ( more than me). . He does not make six figures but has endured the ups and downs of working for the same company for over 22 years. He can be difficult ( to live with) but also is good at so many things that make our life work. He installed our new garbage disposer and faucets after the granite counter tops came last week ( we waited for a year to get them as I wanted to get a good price). Our son’s car had a glitch with the emissions check yesterday. He tore apart the electrical and figured it out, so our son could get his tag. He will step up and help our neighbors at the drop of a hat. He does not do laundry ( which would be nice) but there are other things he can do!

I am thankful for all of the Patriots who have risked and given their lives so that we may live in a free country, God bless those who serve each day in our military. Also the firefighters and police officers. Thank you to those who are elected offiicials that have our country’s best interest at heart. These are fewer and farther between but I do think there are some out there who are more concerned about the country than themselves. They are the ones who are willing to fight for the economy and not penalize the hard workers so that some can continue to sit home and collect a check their entire life. NEVER having put in a day’s work for a day’s pay. I am NOT talking about those who cannot work or for whatever reason cannot find a job in today’s market. That is a different cup of tea.

What is up with the talk about changing the retirement for serving 20 years in the military?
Anyone have thoughts on that. Not trying to hijack.

I Love Life Cereal

September 9th, 2011
9:12 am

I think what I find the most disturbing about you is your inherent hate for women…

BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH who freaking cares?

Booooooooorrrrring!

A

September 9th, 2011
9:32 am

I used to live in the Boston area so to me Patriot Day is in April and is the day the Boston Marathon takes place. Have not heard of it referred to as Sept. 11. That being said, my Fulton County school child was asked to wear red, white and blue. We have talked a bit about 9/11 but haven’t gone so far as to use the word terrorism or that it was a deliberate attack. I don’t know if that should be discussed at the younger elementary ages; certainly by middle school it should be.

Call it like it is

September 9th, 2011
9:40 am

“Back on Topic” I will be taking my child to Kennesaw Mtn this weekend for the field of flags, and we will discuss those flags and why we do this to remember those fine Americans to whom lost their lifes to complete utter cowards. She is 8 and wasnt on this earth on that teribble day, but she is being raised as a proud American and will be taught about our past. The field is covered with 1000’s of flags and if that site doesnt move you, nothing will.

motherjanegoose

September 9th, 2011
9:42 am

@itpdude..JJ is a woman…just … Whose mental capacity…haha!

YES Neal is showman and he does stir the pot. I listen to his show when I am in the car at the time he airs and I ALWAYS learn something. I may not agree with him but he does make me think. I am not a faithful listener but I do enjoy the banter and sarcasm he presents.

If anyone finds this blog booooorrrriiiinnngggg go ahead: remove your seatbelt and leave. There are days that I am not interested in the topic at hand and I skip. Plain and simple.

shaggy

September 9th, 2011
9:50 am

JJ,

You bettter look down and see if you have any new organs “protruding” from your body. That “itpdude” genius seems to think you have grown something.

itpdude.

You do know that radio still has an on/off switch, or does your massive intellect force you to stay tuned,so you can argue with an entertainer? Real smart “lady” you are….

JJ

September 9th, 2011
9:52 am

@Shaggy – I checked, still a woman….LOL…

shaggy

September 9th, 2011
9:53 am

On topic and promise to stop providing troll food,

Patriot Day has been around for a while in Massachussetts, and yes they do it in April. However, after 9/11, some states copied it for remembrance of that day. Apparently, Arizona is one of them.

shaggy

September 9th, 2011
9:58 am

I Love Life Cereal

“BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH who freaking cares?

Booooooooorrrrring!”

I am breaking my promise to leave the trolls alone. It is a real smart troll the shows that they in fact care, by taking the time post a “who cares” message. You are brilliant.

Hey, motherjane...

September 9th, 2011
10:03 am

…I wondered the same thing when I read that they are thinking about changing the 20 year retirement deal for dedicated service men and women; hopefully, this will NOT change, yet with the current person in the WH stranger things have happened – heres to hoping the “saviour” will only be there 16 more months, and then we can see REAL CHANGE…

By the way, I read today that despite all the “hope and change” yadayadayada espoused during the last election, even those who voted for the Marxist said that they are worse off TODAY than they were when they voted for the hope/change thingy…

And, while I salute those brave people, some who lived and those who passed on 10 years ago, Patriot’s Day (as T says, not to be confused with the Patriot Day of today) is already dedicated to those who fought for our freedom back in 1776 and earlier…so a better name needs to be invoked…

motherjanegoose

September 9th, 2011
10:08 am

@shaggy…years ago, I carried a driver’s license that said sex: M I did not even know it! I was a BIG LOTS and when I handed my driver’s license to the clerk ( with my check) she looked befuddled. I asked if there was a problem. She replied, “did you know your sex says MALE on your license.” HAHA….that would not FLY now when you get on an airplane as they have all sorts of questions when you book online, that have to match your license. I did get it changed and that is another funny story, I carried that license for YEARS and no one said a peep. Wonder why? LOL

Before anyone poos poos me….are y’all POSTIVE that your sex displayed on your license is correct? Do I hear wallets rattling?

Becky

September 9th, 2011
10:22 am

My two didn’t wear anything special to school today..They are nine and they are very aware of what happened on 9/11..I have been to ground zero..It is very moving..

@itpdude..I won’t be celebrating the actual events of 9/11, but I will be remembering and honoring those that suffered a loss on 9/11..I am very gratful for all of the police, firefighters and citizens that were there to help that day and for days after..

@Seven Sisters..Until Michael divorces Theresa and wants to marry you, you really don’t need to worry about what Theresa says about him..He knows what she talks about on here and it doesn’t seem to upset him..Life is tough and I’ve never been told anything different, so if you are unhappy with who you are or where you are in life, change it..You are the first step on that ladder to being happy..

The Original "Me"

September 9th, 2011
10:28 am

Wow — I’m late to the party today. ANd it seems everyone has had their chance to rightfully jump all over @SS for that idiotic comment. @SS certainly seems to have a hang-up regarding a “six-figure salary” as I didn’t bother to even count the number of times it was mentioned. Seems if I felt that way I’d just find a different blog on which to post comments.
Anyway and on topic, I don’t recall our son’s high school (Hillgrove) calling it Patriot Day but I can just as easily be mistaken. I just went back and re-read/browsed the email notices sent out from the PTSA and I don’t see anything mentioned in there regarding Patriot Day.
@TWG, just ignore the “real” idiots and even block them if you wish – the rest of us “normal” idiots can remain! :)

Uh, "Original Me"...

September 9th, 2011
10:40 am

…the comments about the 6 figure salary that you attribute to SS were not written by SS, but by another bloger with the name “To SS” – it was she, not SS, who was blabbing about her 6 figure salary and SS’s hatred of men – or did I misunderstand what you were saying since you were “tardy to the party”?????

motherjanegoose

September 9th, 2011
10:48 am

@ Becky…we have stayed at the Embassy Suites NYC which is near ground zero. A sight to see. I look forward to visiting with you in a few weeks for lunch and Denise for dinner. Have a great day all!

Becky

September 9th, 2011
10:52 am

@Uh,”Original Me”..Guess, you need to learn to read better, because the very first post by Seven Sisters mentions a six figure salary twice..Oops, sorry, once it says six digit income..As has already been mentioned, thanks for much of nothing on here..

JJ

September 9th, 2011
10:52 am

Some people just can’t be happy. They chose to be miserable, and make those around them miserable. You know the old saying “Misery LOVES company”……

JOD

September 9th, 2011
11:02 am

This is the first I’ve heard of Patriot Day. All politics aside, it is a nice idea to formally remember the day each year. Today is Pajama Day at DD’s school – not such a commemorative idea. If this is a formal day, why are all of the schools observing on different days? Shouldn’t it be one day?

@justmy2cents – Happy Birthday, a little early. My Dad’s birthday is 9/11 – it’s a tough one to have.

The Original "Me"

September 9th, 2011
11:03 am

@Uh, I”m sorry but what, exactly, did I miss? I’m reading the very FIRST comment to today’s blog which was posted by someone calling themselves “Seven Sisters” – It is this comment to which my posting was aimed.
Perhaps i’m mistaken but I don’t recall having an issue with anything posted by “TO SS” –

jarvis

September 9th, 2011
11:12 am

Love the meaning of the day, but who in the hell named it?
It’s like saying, “Not to be confused with Valentine’s Day, we now have Valentine Day”?

Our government is so confounding.

Sorry, ladies, (Original "Me", Becky, JJ)...

September 9th, 2011
11:41 am

…my bad (but I did ask if maybe I was misunderstanding something…obviously I was, though “To Seven Sisters” did mention several times that SHE made 6 figures and her husband did not)…

And, Becky, you were unusually harsh in your comments at 10:52am (not your original comments at 10:22am) they were so uncharacteristic of you, but, hey, we all have our bad days…

I had read the original first comments by SS and was well aware of her/his 6 figure fixation, but “To Seven Sisters” just seemed more of what “Original Me” was seemingly commenting about – again, my bad…how can I make it up to all of you?????

JJ

September 9th, 2011
11:48 am

Take us out to lunch…..

HB

September 9th, 2011
11:50 am

I don’t think Patriot Day fits, especially since the name feels somewhat generic is so similar to Patriot’s Day. It sounds like something that was passed along with the Patriot Act. Wouldn’t surprise me if both were part of a string of “Patriot” acts/bills/proclamations/days that all went through within days of each other and that was the brand name Congress was sticking on everything that week. I think the day’s name should be more in the style of “National Pearl Harbor Rememberence Day” — something specific to remembering the victims and the heroes of that terrible day.

To Sorry, ladies, (Original "Me", Becky, JJ)...

September 9th, 2011
11:53 am

I am the one that posted as To Seven Sisters. I only mentioned the fact my salay is in the six figures once and it was in reference to his original post. What you MISSED in my original post is that while I am the one that is the bread winner, I had to sacrafice being able to spend the time I wanted to with my children. However, my husband and I have compromised in many aread to make it work.

The point to Seven Sisters was – If you don’t like your life, change it, or work to make it the best it can be. Don’t hate others because they have been able to make it work.

penguinmom

September 9th, 2011
11:54 am

I think the special interest in it this year is due to the fact that it is the 10-year anniversary. Also it has moved from personal experience to history for most of the kids in school today. Only the upper-level high schoolers would have been old enough to be somewhat aware when it happened 10 years ago. There are enough theories (many excessively wacky) floating around that some discussion needs to happen so that kids don’t get sucked into these theories.

as far as the name, it is confusing. What are suggestions for what it could be called instead? I think most adults I know still call it 9-11.

penguinmom

September 9th, 2011
12:03 pm

@JOD – the anniversary falls on a Sunday this year so I think schools are choosing to have their remembrances either on the Friday before or the Monday after.

JJ

September 9th, 2011
12:21 pm

I remember how strange it was, for a few days, that no airplanes were flying at all. I used to live in Duluth, right under a flight pattern into Hartsfield. Every day we would see planes coming into Atlanta. It was very strange to look up and not see airplanes for a couple of days…..

Becky

September 9th, 2011
12:58 pm

@Sorry Ladies..Apology accepted..I’m not having a bad day, I just don’t recall ever reading anywhere about Theresa being soo demeaning to Michael..

We have talked in the past about Theresa’s blog..This is not the Wall Street Journal, or the NY times..This is just a blog where a group of people chime in on whatever Theresa wants to talk about..Or sometimes what a regular throws out there..This is just a lot of light hearted bantering..As MJG said, if I don’t know anything about the topic that day or am just not that interested in it, I don’t say anything..

Most of us on here try to be nice to each other, so if you want to play nice, please hang around, we always like to hear from new folks..There are a lot of topics that we love to hear opinions from the Dads, or single guys (Jeff)..

As for 9/11, it is and has been a sad day for me for the past 21 years..My Mother passed away on 9/11/1990..That is my saddest memory for 9/11..