* Breast cancer, in which we dress up in pink as a fashion statement to flaunt how much more we care than everyone else.* AIDS, in which we wear red ribbons to do basically the same thing.
* Labor – read “unemployment”.* And a host of additional commemorative dates that will vary based on your political leanings and the Size Of Your Heart!
On one hand, the very idea of “remembering”, or of calling back to mind that which wasn’t there before, some person’s or group’s suffering in synchronization with a particular day of the year flagrantly contradicts its own supposed purpose, which is to ensure that said outrage happens “never again”. The man who has truly absorbed the lessons of history must remember neither John F. Kennedy’s death nor the terrorist attacks, new and old, of 9/11, as those events are already deeply ingrained in his mind and have influenced his character and actions accordingly. Politicians especially should not be given to remembering major historical occasions whenever their calendar deems it appropriate, but should instead remain forever vigilant to the future consequences of their policies, by keeping the successes and tragedies of the past always at the forefront of their considerations. That society should stoop to dedicating a whole day or even week of the year for an impermanent history lesson is a telling indicator of those same politicians’ failure to instill in students a proper reverence for the lives and the contributions, good and evil, of their ancestors.
Postscript: See, I told you so. The media are pulling this stunt all over again with the “1-year anniversary of the Newtown/Sandy Hook shooting”. Let’s all join in our efforts to remind recovering families about the tragedy they endured a year ago, or maybe didn’t.