Remember 9/11

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” Harry S. Truman

We commemorate the 18th anniversary of the tragic events of 9-11-2001 on Wednesday, September 11, as Patriot Day, the National Day of Service and Remembrance.  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.  There has never been a country or society more able to incorporate so much diversity in the interest of a better for life for all.

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.

Remember what it means to be Americans – endowed with abundant blessings and freedoms, and the courage to stand as one nation against adversity. We need to unite now more than ever, to celebrate our diversity, our heritage, and face the many challenges, both at home and abroad, 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. Patriot Day is a reminder that we all must continue to stand against terrorism and fight for a more peaceful world.

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