There are also days of tragedy that have marked our nation. December 7, 1942; April 19, 1993 and September 11, 2001. Today marks the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
Each of our lives has events that have made positive marks that we celebrate and tragic marks that we mourn. Because I am an optimistic person, I think it is better to spend more time celebrating than mourning. A passage in the Bible appears to tell us to do otherwise:
A good name is better than fine perfume,
and the day of death better than the day of birth.
2 It is better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of everyone;
the living should take this to heart.
3 Frustration is better than laughter,
because a sad face is good for the heart.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
Before you embrace a life of cynicism, the writer of Ecclesiastes is expressing the meaninglessness of a life lived without God. Without God, there is no hope and that person may become aware that God can fill their emptiness if they go to a funeral instead of a bar.
Today, is a somber day for America, but not hopeless.
Ecclesiastes 9:4 Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!