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September 11 – Patriot Day

September 11, 2001

Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or killed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Today and every day, we remember your sacrifices during this fateful day.

On the direction of the President of the United States, the American Flag should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings around the world. The flag should be flown at half-mast as a sign of respect to those who were killed during the September 11 attacks. Many people also observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM Eastern Standard Time, the moment the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Some communities, mainly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special prayer meetings or church services. People who personally experienced the events of that day or lost loved ones in them may also choose to lay flowers or visit memorials.

On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked and three of the planes were deliberately flown into three important buildings: The Pentagon in Washington DC and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The fourth crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The loss of life and damage these hijackings caused were part of the biggest act of terrorism on United States soil. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks and the economic, political, and national security impact was immense.

The most prevalent symbol of the events that happened on that fateful day are the pictures and videos of planes flying into the buildings, of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center engulfed in smoke and later collapsing and of people falling from the buildings. Pictures of the damaged buildings and relatives looking for loved ones in the days and weeks after the attacks are often shown as well. The flag of the United States is often displayed around images of the events from September 11, 2001 as well to serve as a way to remind Americans of how their country remained strong in the face of the massive terrorist attacks.