As I look at my new 2011 calendar, I see a great many holidays that mean little-to-nothing to my everyday life. From St. Patrick’s Day to Cinco de Mayo to Arbor Day to All Soul’s Day, the days seems full of commemorations and observances that seem nothing more to be holdovers from a bygone era.
On the other side of that feeling is my belief that today, November 9, should be an international holiday, yet it does not appear on any calendar (desk, wall, or electronic).
It was on this day, twenty-one years ago (1989 for those who like their dates in A.D. format), that the Berlin Wall fell. This was one of those actual real moments where history was indeed altered and, personally, I feel that this pivotal event does not get enough notice – especially on its anniversary.
Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to press that today be known as Freedom Day – a celebration where the forces of light, goodness, and puppies triumphed (at least for that moment) over the believers of dark, oppression, and rice cakes.
In commemoration of this first annual Freedom Day, I would also like to take this space to bestow an honor to the person I feel is the best contemporary example of the push and desire for freedom, regardless of cost.
The first annual Nolan Mannski Freedom Day Award is given (by me) to Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi who is currently under house arrest.