To the editor:
The 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 got me thinking that many of America’s national holidays are irrelevant and need reorganization. In response, I propose the following:
Take the day known as Memorial Day and call it Veterans Day. This would give a much-needed higher profile to an important honor that today is buried in midweek November.
Take the day known as Labor Day and get rid of it. Organized labor plays a much less important and noble role today versus 100-plus years ago.
Make Sept. 11, or the Friday closest to it, the new Memorial Day. Wow, the U.S. just had so many inspiring ceremonies! It’s as if we observe 9/11 as a memorial day anyway. Let’s make it official.
Eliminate Columbus Day. He “discovered” nothing. Lots of people already lived in the Americas.
Finally, it’s a little weird that stock markets are closed for Good Friday, a religious holiday not even observed by all Christians, let alone other religions. Let’s get a national holiday on a Friday in April with a name and relevance for all. We could still use a day between President’s Day and the new Veterans Day (see idea No. 1) to keep the same number of national days off but to make it more meaningful for all Americans.
Of course, all ethnic, social and religious groups can always go through the usual steps to hold parades and celebrations on their own. My ideas are meant to modernize and increase relevance and observation of American holidays.