National Day of Service and Remembrance: September 11, 2018
Patriot Day commemorates the 17th anniversary of 9/11
September 10, 2018
Tuesday, September 11, is Patriot Day, the National Day of Service and Remembrance, commemorating the 17th anniversary of the catastrophic and tragic events of September 11, 2001. On this day we pause to remember the lives lost and, at the same time, demonstrate the power of volunteer service as a way to both commemorate and remember tragedy and triumph, bringing people together to build stronger, more resilient communities. We will always honor and remember every life that was lost on 9/11, and those who helped to rebuild.
We will remember again this year by flying the flag at half-staff and observing a moment of silence beginning at 7:46 a.m. (CST), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
This is also a day for all Americans to remember the feelings of unity we, as a country, had following 9/11, and to rekindle that feeling. We need to unite now more than ever, to celebrate our diversity and face the many challenges, both internal and external, to our nation and our way of life.
Congress passed a joint resolution in December, 2001, and the first Patriot Day was proclaimed in September, 2002, as the 9/11 community – family members, support groups, and nonprofits – looked for ways to honor those whose lives were lost during the terrible attacks while revitalizing the spirit of unity and compassion that swept our nation after 9/11. Because of their efforts, the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009.
Joining together across the country is a respectful way to remember the lives of those lost, pay tribute to those who rose in service, and honor those who continue to serve our country today, while celebrating our rich and diverse heritage.