Monday, September 19, 2005
(Peoria, Ill.) Journal Star
On the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Defense Department distorted their significance with a tacky display of jingoism.
Your tax dollars paid for a grab-bag event that includes a memorial at the Pentagon, a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, a support-the-troops march ... and a country music concert.
A somber procession from the Pentagon crash site to the National Mall's reflecting pool would be appropriate.
But throw in free T-shirts and country music singer Clint Black and you get pre-packaged, plastic patriotism.ü