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Patriot Day

Honor the heroes of 9/11 on Patriot Day - come together to remember and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in service of their country.
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Patriot Day on Sept. 11 is a day to remember and honor the lives of those who bravely sacrificed themselves for our country's freedom. It began in 2001, just days after the tragic events of 9/11 to commemorate all those affected by the tragedy, including military personnel and first responders. On this day we can come together as a nation with respect and admiration for those selfless heroes who gave their lives for us.

History of Patriot Day

Patriot Day Dates

Patriot Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Terrorist Attacks</div><div class='timeline-text'>On September 11, 2001, four planned terrorist attacks by the Islamist extremist group Al-Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people in the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Proclamation of Patriot Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>On September 13, 2001, President George W. Bush proclaimed Friday, September 14, 2001, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the victims of the terrorist attacks.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Congress Passes Resolution</div><div class='timeline-text'>On September 18, 2001, the United States Congress passed a resolution naming September 11 as Patriot Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Official Patriot Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>On September 11, 2002, the first official Patriot Day was observed throughout the US, including special memorial ceremonies at the three crash sites.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Day of Service and Remembrance</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 2009, Congress designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, encouraging citizens to participate in community service out of respect for the 9/11 victims.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Patriot Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Fly an American Flag</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your patriotism by flying the Stars and Stripes for Patriot Day. A flag is a symbol of freedom, strength, courage and honor.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a 9/11 Memorial Service</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organizations like the American Red Cross often hold memorials to remember those lost on 9/11. Attend one of these services to pay your respects.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a Charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Support organizations that are helping people affected by the events of 9/11, such as the 9/11 Memorial Museum or the Twin Towers Orphan Fund.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write Letters of Appreciation</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Send letters of appreciation to those who serve in our Armed Forces or to those who were involved in the rescue and recovery efforts after 9/11.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take Time to Reflect</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Patriot Day is a day for reflection and remembrance. Take some time out of your day to reflect on the events that happened on September 11th, 2001.</p></div></div>

Why Patriot Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Patriot Day reminds us of our past</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Patriot Day helps remind us of our nation’s story and the courage it took to win independence from colonial rule. It gives us all a chance to reflect on the accomplishments of our founding fathers and honor those who have served our country in some way.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Patriot Day honors victims of terror attacks</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By designating September 11th as Patriot Day, we are able to honor those who were lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It is a time for Americans to come together in solidarity and remember the lives that were taken by committing acts of kindness and service in their memory.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Patriot Day celebrates bravery and heroism</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On Patriot Day, we celebrate brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our country and our way of life. We recognize their courage and strength, and express gratitude for all they've done - both publically and privately - to make America a free nation.</p></div></div>

5 Unveiled Facts About Patriot Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Patriot Day is a Discrete Holiday</h3><p class='facts-content'>Although September 11 is a day for remembrance, it is distinct from Memorial Day and Veterans Day. It specifically commemorates the events of September 11, 2001.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Patriot Day Observes a Moment of Silence</h3><p class='facts-content'>At 8:46 am, the exact minute the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center, Americans are encouraged to observe a moment of silence.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Flags are Flown at Half-Staff</h3><p class='facts-content'>To signify the nation's loss, it's traditional to lower all American flags to half-staff on Patriot Day, from sunrise until sunset.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Patriot Day isn't a Federal Holiday</h3><p class='facts-content'>Even though Patriot Day observes a significant moment in American history, it's not recognized as a federal holiday. As such, businesses and schools remain open.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Patriot Day Encourages Unity</h3><p class='facts-content'>The events of 9/11 were attempts to divide, but Patriot Day serves as a reminder that we are strongest when we are united. Commemorations of this day often encourage Americans to take pride in their country and to find unity in their actions.</p></div></div>

Patriot Day FAQs

When is Patriot Day?

Patriot Day is celebrated on September 11 every year. In 2024 Patriot Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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