Remembering 9-11 on Patriot Day

On this day we pause to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. At the same time, we demonstrate the power of volunteer service as a way to honor and remember tragedy and triumph, bringing people together in new ways 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 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 – even in a pandemic, we are rich in blessings and freedoms. 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.

We have the privilege and right, as Americans, to VOTE, to make our voices heard as an act of patriotism. Respect that privilege – your vote matters.

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.

Remembering together, pausing together, joining together in spirit and in deeds, are respectful ways 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 to continue fight for a more peaceful and just world.

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