|Ablaze with Patriotism|
(9/4/2002) Dealing with the tragedy of September 11 can be very difficult for young Americans, but it is much harder for those who experienced a very personal loss. Here's the story of a young New Yorker who has turned his grief into determination - and he just might succeed, despite the problems with e-mail petitions.
There are actually several different versions of this petition. It's unknown whether Mr. Geraghty's was the original or if he simply co-opted one of the previous versions. Perhaps young Connor discovered that the original petition's "send to" address was no longer valid and decided to take up the cause himself. But it's this version that has gained international attention.
"National Firefighter's Day" has been observed over the years - mostly through presidential proclamation - but with no regularity or federal recognition. Some greeting card companies identify December 15 as "National Firefighters's day. However, it seems it is one of those holidays that was created by the industry and not officially recognized by the Federal government.
One big reason not to forward this petition is the fact that Connor's AOL-provided e-mail account has been closed, so "completed" petitions will only bounce back to the sender. Other versions of the chain have surfaced listing other e-mail address, but we've been unable to determine if these are legitimate. For more reasons participating in e-petitions is a bad idea, no matter how noble the cause, read my primer on Armchair Activism. Break this Chain.