Patriot Day

September 11, 2004

Patriot Day in the United States occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 casualties in the September 11, 2001, attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as "Nine-Eleven (9/11)," "September 11th," or some variation thereof.

U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day." President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89). It is a discretionary day of remembrance.

Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims Of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001. On September 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day. On this day, the President directs that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time of the first plane crash on September 11, 2001.

On this day many tributes were held around the world to honor those who lost their lives 3 years ago and those who they left behind. We also mourn for others loss in our lives especially those who died tragically.

Many more of the 9/11 spirits have moved on. Some still visit now and again but most have left.

Many people who had emotional problems used this event as a means to drop out completely and have not worked since 9/11.

Others have grown by the experience and found a new sense of purpose.

Here in NYC, and around the world, people often question whether NYC will be targeted by terrorists again. I do not see this.

Where were you that day? What were you doing? How did the events of 9/11 change your life if at all?

September 11, 2004 - CNN

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