Patriot Day, also referred to as 9-11, has been established as a holiday in memory of the nearly 3,000 people who died during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America and the heroes who responded. (Not to be confused with Patriots' Day, a day that commemorates the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, observed the third Monday in April.)
On Patriot Day, the American flag is flown at half-staff to indicate the whole nation is in mourning. A moment of silence is also observed beginning at 8:46 am (Eastern Daylight Time), the time at which the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
I am sure most of you remember where you were, what you were doing, when you first heard of the attack. You never lose that kind of memory ... the utter, absolute disbelief and then the horror, pain, and sorrow of what was unfolding before our eyes.
On that day the terrorists hi-jacked four commercial airliners:Two slammed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, New YorkOne smashed into the Pentagon in Washington DCOne dove into a field in Pennsylvania, heroic passengers fighting the terrorists and preventing this plane from reaching it's target
These events triggered a lot of anger - as well as a lot of patriotism.
See this moving tribute. (Opens in a new window)
In all the fear and sadness of that day, I was so proud of all the heroes - the firefighters, the police men and women, the ordinary citizen fighting off terrorists or helping in the rescue efforts. I was proud to be an American!
This day is not only a time to remember the events of that horrific day and pray for those who lost their lives but also a day to renew our lives as patriots. We do come together in times of tragedy. We do help those in need or those suffering. America is not perfect but America does more for people throughout the world than any other country ever!
And let's not forget our brilliant Founding Fathers who wrote our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and gave us the Bill of Rights. We are independent, God-fearing, and God-loving.
So in honoring the victims of 9-11, we want to make sure our enemies continue to understand that we will not roll over and give in. We believe in individual freedom. We believe in individual rights. We do not coerce people to believe the way we do. We do not try to claim other countries as our own. We help our neighbors and love our kids. We love our country. We will defend our country.
Take a moment to read 9-11 Poems
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