Not to be confused with National Patriot’s Day, celebrated in April on an annual basis, on September 11th we honor those who died and those who served heroically during the worst terrorist attacks in United States history.
On September 11, 2001, almost three thousand people died in New York, Washington, D.C. and in the fields of Pennsylvania.
Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first saw the events on television, or heard about them on the news coverage that continued throughout the day, night and beyond.
A month later, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Joint Resolution 71. It was first designated as the Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.
The following year, President George W. Bush proclaimed that September 11 would be observed as Patriot Day.
The President directed that the American flag be flown at half-mast and displayed from homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings at home and abroad. Most businesses do the same.
Americans are asked to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time of the first plane crash at the World Trade Center.
Patriot Day is a time of both sadness and pride: sadness for the innocent victims and their families and pride in the actions of the firemen, first responders, and the brave acts of so many others.
Patriot Day will continue to take on added significance again this year with the running of the Boston Marathon three years after the bombings that killed three people and injured more than 250. The marathon is always held on Patriot’s Day.
This year, Patriot’s Day falls on a Sunday. Allowing for many people to take the time in reflection, Sunday offers the chance for families to gather, parents to teach their kids and for all of us to grieve.
Words like terrorism and terrorist attacks can be tough to know how to teach young ones, but this is a world in which terrorism and terrorist attacks are a daily reality.
Together, through education and choosing love over hate, we can do our part to keep our country strong.