Patriot Day is a federal discretionary day of mourning and remembrance occurring each year on September 11. On December 18, 2001, President George W. Bush signed into law the legislation that created it. The House of Representatives and Senate unanimously approved the bill.
The day is in remembrance of September 11, 2001 when Islamic terrorists attacked the United States using commercial jetliners, two of which were crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one was crashed into the Pentagon in Washington DC, and the fourth crashed into a field in eastern Pennsylvania after passengers heroically thwarted the terrorist plot to crash the plane into its intended target believed to have been either the White House or Capitol building in Washington DC. Nearly 3,000 civilians were killed in the attacks and thousands were wounded.
Subsequently, retaliatory wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost the United States and her allies thousands of military personnel, and thousands more wounded. The economic costs are in the billions of dollars.
For your convenience here are some of the official sites that help honor and remember September 11, 2001.
9/11 Memorial – New York City (Official)
9/11 Memorial – New York City (Webcam)
9/11 Memorial – Timeline (Official)
9/11 Memorial – U.S. Pentagon (Official)
9/11 Memorial – Pennsylvania (Official)
9/11 Survivor recalls escaping collapsing Marriott Center (VOA)
Eleven years later, on September 11, 2012, Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya resulting in the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Although there is not yet a federal memorial, the family of Ambassador Stevens maintains a virtual memorial in his honor. Memorial to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens
This article is edited and republished annually.
Please honor the day responsibly.
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