Patriot Day aka 9/11 Remembrance Day

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Please do not confuse Patriot Day (also known as 9/11 Remembrance Day) with Patriot’s Day (also known as Patriots Day), which commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, two of the earliest battles in the American Revolutionary War.

Patriot Day – 9/11 Remembrance Day is in observance of the September 11, 2001.  It is a day to honor our fallen Americans, the fallen people from other countries whom were innocent (there by chance due to travel for business/leisure), the survivors as well as their families.

On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked. The hijackers then deliberately flew three of the planes into two important buildings; the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Twin Towers that were apart of the World Trade Center in New York City, New York. The fourth plane never made it to the hijackers destination, thanks to some brave passengers who fought back; instead the hijacked plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The devastating loss of life and damage that these act of terroristic hijackings caused, were the largest terrorist attacks ever on the soil of the United States of America.  Approximately 3,000 people died in the attacks and the impact was immensely felt on every level to include economically. The attacks have drastically increased the attention that our government gives to our national security in the United States.

At the direction of the United States of America’s President, the flag of the United States of America that is displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all other United States Government buildings in the whole world, should be flown at half-staff, as a sign of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many people observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time) on 9/11. This marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special services, prayer or moments of silence. People who personally experienced the events of September 11, 2001 to include those whom have lost loved ones in the 9/11/01 attacks or others out of respectful remembrance may possibly leave flowers  or visit memorials. Patriot Day is not a federal holiday; therefore, schools and businesses are normally opened as usual. Public transit systems continue to run on their regular schedules. Although, some people and organizations may take some time out and hold a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks.  These moments of respectful remembrance do not usually effect the day to day comings and goings for more than a few minutes.

The most recognized symbol of the events that took place on September 11, 2001 are pictures and videos of planes flying into buildings, such as those of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers engulfed in smoke and later collapsing and of people falling from buildings. Pictures taken of damaged buildings and relatives looking for loved ones in the days and weeks after the attacks are also often shown in what is also known as the Missing / Memorial Wall. The United States American Flag is often displayed around images of the events that transpired on September 11, 2001. This is to remind Americans that our country has remained strong in the face of terror.

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