I'm sorry that thousands of people lost their lives. I did not know anyone who did though, I do have one friend who works at the Pentagon whose department was destroyed. The only reason he is still alive is because he missed his flight. I am thankful for that. I care deeply for him.
That said, I do not approve of the cheesy exploitiveness of "Patroit Day" in any form. I said it then and I still believe it now. It did not take thousands of people being murdered for me to love my country. My entire family was military. I love this country just as much as I did when I was in the Airforce. I don't need to display some cheesy, cheap flag to prove that. I don't think I have to prove it at all. I feel there is something inherently wrong with people who feel they must 'prove' to 'everyone' that they are a 'patriotic American.'
The very fact that I can make such a bold and public statement is what makes this country great. I just wish it wasn't being over run with all of the exploitive kitsch and political grand standing that is going on now.
That's all I have to say about that.