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Patriotism and Patriot Day

September 11, 2014 Comments off

Photo of an ordinary honey bun and the "Patriotic honey buns" box it came out of

These are honey buns. Patriotic honey buns, if the box is to be believed. The obvious question here is, what is so patriotic about them? The answer is nothing, aside from the box featuring a flag, some stars, and the word “patriotic.” Even the individual wrappers don’t have anything special on them.

A less obvious but still relevant question would be, why do honey buns need to be patriotic? They are basically chewy bread products soaked with a sugary glaze. How would patriotism improve them? This is just one man’s opinion, but I believe that we should just let honey buns be honey buns.

I wanted to share this picture anyway, but considering the timing, I’d like to use it to lead into another point.

In the United States, September 11th of each year is a memorial to those who died in the terrorist attacks on that day in 2001. Usually I just hear it called by the date, like how Independence Day is commonly just called the Fourth of July, but it actually does have a name: According to the relevant Wikipedia article, the full name is “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance,” but for short it’s just called Patriot Day.

I certainly don’t think there’s anything unusual, much less wrong, about having feelings of patriotism stirred up by the memory of an attack on the United States. Still, if it’s meant to be a memorial, I don’t see how patriotism improves it all that much. I’d rather just let the memorial be a memorial. There’s nothing wrong with love of country, but I don’t think it deserves top billing in the name of the day.