Marking Anniversaries

It's natural to mark important dates in our lives - anniversaries. Each year we celebrate our wedding anniversary and the anniversary of our births (our birthdays!). We might mark the dates of important events that impacted our lives. Sometimes those are personal to our families, sometimes they are mutual to a larger population. One of our regular blog contributors, Heather, got me thinking about how much attention those larger events get. She was disappointed that no one had paid attention to last week's 31st anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. It seems as time passes, it's the milestone anniversaries that draw more attention. For example, Graceland saw a big turnout for the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death last year, which drew a lot of media attention. The same might be said for the 9/11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing. For probably the first five years, each anniversary was marked by large ceremonies and extensive coverage. It has dwindled each year. I'm interested in what you think about this. On the one hand, are these events so monumental that each anniversary should be marked with large memorials and extensive coverage? On the other, are these events so painful to some people, that reserving the large ceremonies for every fifth or tenth anniversary is enough? With the 7th anniversary of the 9/11/01 attacks just around the corner, it's a timely discussion.


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