Patriot Day on September 11th honors the memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Each year, in the United States the day is dedicated to remembering those who died as well as those who risked their own lives to save others.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PatriotDay
- Attend Patriot Day ceremonies.
- Observe moments of silence:
- 8:46 AM EDT – American Airlines Flight #11 collides into the World Trade Center
- 9:03 AM EDT – United Airlines Flight #175 collides into the World Trade Center South Tower
- 9:37 AM EDT – American Airlines Flight #77 crashes into the Pentagon
- 9:59 AM EDT – World Trade Center South Tower Collapses
- 10:03 AM EDT – United Airlines Flight #93 crashes in Shanksville, PA
- 10:28 AM EDT – World Trade Center North Tower Collapses
- Volunteer – Help an organization that has meaning to you. Improve the lives of others and the world around you. Spread kindness. Offer the hope and skills you have to others who need it most.
- Remember – Remember those killed in the attacks. Remember to stand united as a nation. Join others in prayer vigils or memorial events.
PATRIOT DAY HISTORY
- September 13, 2001, in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush, proclaimed Friday, September 14, 2001, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.
- August 31, 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed Friday, September 6, through Sunday, September 8, 2002, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.
- September 4, 2002, President Bush proclaimed September 11, 2002, as the first Patriot Day.
- September 9, 2016, President Barack Obama proclaimed September 11th as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance,
In 2017 and 2018, President Donald Trump declared September 8–10 as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance and proclaimed September 11 as Patriot Day. “During the National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, we pause to honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 innocent people who were murdered by radical Islamist terrorists in the brutal attacks of September 11, 2001. We come together to pray for those whose lives were forever changed by the loss of a loved one. We strengthen our resolve to stand together as one Nation.”
9/11 to today: Ways we have changed
(Posted by PBS News Hour, Sept. 11, 2018) The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, set in motion events that would change the course of life in the U.S. and around the world.
On that day, 2,996 people died in and around the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and on a commercial airplane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation’s response was swift. President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, ramping up domestic and border security and expanding surveillance efforts to detect potential terrorism. The United States and its allies escalated operations in Afghanistan to root out the people responsible for the attacks, and invaded Iraq less than two years later. In airports, travelers underwent greater scrutiny and across the nation a debate raged over how much liberty should be sacrificed in the name of security.
9/11: 15 years later
(Posted by CBS Sunday Morning) Sunday, September 11, 2016, marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Nearly 3,000 people died that day at Ground Zero in New York City, where the Twin Towers collapsed. In the days that followed, Martha Teichner logged several reports from the area. She recently returned to lower Manhattan to visit the memorial built there, the people who return to commemorate lives lost, and the rebirth of a site that is hallowed ground. VIDEO