I am so disappointed in my employer. Every year since 2001, we have had a brief moment of silence on September 11th to remember the victims of that terrible day. This year, 9/11 falls on a Saturday. I asked my employer if we could have the moment of silence on Friday the 10th. Management replied that we will continue to remember the 11th at work when it falls on a work day, but we would not do anything on Friday the 10th. I am thinking about talking to our CEO but do not want to come off sounding like an extremist nut. What do you think I should do?
— Hasn’t Forgotten
Evil Skippy saw the topic of your letter and took a day of personal leave. Surprisingly, he had the good sense to know that a snarky comment would be more out of place than usual.
I agree with your employer on this one. For me, part of the power of the moments of silence on 9/11 stem from the fact that they take place at the time of the attacks. It is a way for people across the country (and across the world) to join together. The timing is important and it just would not be the same on any other day or at any other time. I do not need to be at work or any specific place for that power to be present. I am still not over how George Washington’s birthday gets moved around — I would hate to see 9/11 ever become some sort of movable occasion.
That did not answer your question, though. Based on your letter, I think you should talk to whoever you talked to the first time. Ask if it would be possible for management to send out an e-mail encouraging employees to participate in a moment of silence — on 9/11. You might not be at work when the remembrance takes place, but you can be sure that you will be joined with many of your co-workers who will be remembering wherever they are.
I’ll be remembering, too.