The day set aside to mark the nation’s losses on 9/11 now comes wrapped in red, white, blue – and green, reports the New York Daily News. A snack-filled “Tower to Celebrate America.” Greeting cards. Patriotic pillows. “Iced Cookies for America.” This can’t be what President Bush had in mind in 2002, when he designated Sept. 11 as Patriot Day, an annual day of remembrance.
“I don’t want to see 9/11 become super-sale day or half-price day, okay?” fumed Bill Doyle of Staten Island, whose son, Joseph, was killed in the terrorist attacks. “Anyone who tries to profit off this is a little sad.” But there’s no shortage of retailers making a play for Patriot Day paydays. At 1-800-FLOWERS.com, shoppers can order patriotic-themed floral arrangements and treats, such as the $49.99 “Tower to Celebrate America,” which incorporates jellybeans, brownies and cookies. Its “Flag Waving Grand Deluxe Snacks” urges people to “savor patriotic sour stars.” Hallmark offers many free Patriot Day-themed “E-Cards,” and several traditional paper cards on its Web site, two with American flags on the cover. “I guess it’s the American way,” said Vincent Ragusa, whose firefighter son, Michael, was killed.