In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.
U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407–0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day". President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89). It is a discretionary day of remembrance. On September 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day.
On this day, the President requests that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
The official site of the national tribute of remembrance and honor to the men, women and children killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, Inc. began formal operations in the spring of 2005. The site has released a remembrance guide, which includes a list of the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks, interactive timelines, lesson plans about memorialization and ideas for sharing reflections through social media. The museum says it gets requests from groups seeking the victims’ names, educational materials or other information, so organizers decided to make their resources more easily available. Almost 4.5 million people have visited the outdoor memorial since it opened last September. The accompanying museum was originally set to open this September but has been delayed amid a financial disagreement.
Each year, volunteers converge on War Memorial Park and descend on Berkeley County and do all kinds of volunteer activities to give back to their community. This is the 18th year for this fantastic event.
Yesterday, a Utah man began an attempt to sing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” 911 times in 48 hours in remembrance of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Alan Foote was singing at the September 11th Tribute & Patriotic Marathon at Staheli Farms in Washington City. The event began at 6:30 a.m. Sunday and Foote was aiming to finish the song for the 911th time by tomorrow morning, coinciding with the 11th anniversary of the attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. The event will also feature actors dressed as former presidents for photo-ops and a Native American flutist.