Call for a Holiday Honoring America’s First Responders

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Target: United States Congress

Goal: Designate a day for Americans to honor their first responders

First responders such as firemen, policemen, and paramedics should have a day to be honored. On that day, the public can collectively let these brave men and women know how much they are appreciated. If presidents, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny deserve their own holidays, then our first responders deserve one as well.

There are so many superhero movies out today filled with men who can fly and women who can be saved by those men that children tend to forget that this world is full of real life heroes. Sean Collier was a police officer who was shot and killed by suspects connected to the Boston Marathon bombing. His brother, Andrew Collier, wants a day for heroes like his brother so the public can show their gratitude towards these men and women who do so much for their community.

A real hero isn’t made a hero by their powers or their cape. They are made a hero by the strength of their heart, their compassion, and their drive to help others in need. Real heroes work long hours, they get hurt, and they don’t always win. But they’re real and they’re human and they deserve our recognition. Let there be a holiday where those who have fallen are remembered, and where those who still stand are honored.


Dear U.S. Senator Bill Nelson,

We ask that you propose a national holiday for first responders to Congress. Every day, policemen, firemen, and EMS risk their lives so they can better the lives of their community. It is only appropriate that we honor them with a national holiday of their own.

It would be a day for remembrance and appreciation. Many Americans know how it feels to lose a loved one in the line of duty. Even though this holiday wouldn’t bring back their loved ones, it might ease the pain of their passing somewhat.

As of late, America has been beset by tragedy after tragedy. Declaring a National First Responders Day would bring hope back into this great nation, and remind its citizens that heroes exist not only in movies, but in real life too. And they’re fighting for us everyday. Honor them.


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