Patriot’s Day

Today, September 11this Patriot’s Day. It is a day to remember the people killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, The Pentagon in Washington, DC, and the other attempted attack on Washington. That attack was foiled when passengers on a forth highjacked jet forced it to crash in Pennsylvania prior to reaching its target.

Patriot’s Day has not been designated a national holiday so banks, government offices and other businesses will not be closed. Expect to see flags around town flying at half-mast in observance.

From Wikipedia, The flag of the United States is flown at half-mast at the White House and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments throughout the world; flags are also encouraged to be displayed on individual American homes. Additionally, a moment of silence is observed to correspond with the attacks, beginning at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Patriot Day is not a federal holiday; schools and businesses remain open in observance of the occasion, although memorial ceremonies for the victims are often held. Volunteer and service opportunities are coordinated by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

A short time after the attacks, a bill to make September 11 a national day of mourning was introduced in the U.S. House on October 25, 2001, by Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) with 22 co-sponsors, among them 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans. The bill requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as Patriot Day. Joint Resolution 71 passed the House by a vote of 407–0, with 25 members not voting. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on November 30. President Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18 as Pub.L. 107–89. On September 4, 2002, President Bush used the authority of the resolution to proclaim September 11, 2002, as the first Patriot Day.


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