9 11Where were you September 11, 2001?  Bet you will never forget, and as a result of that fateful day, every September 11th Americans observe this day as the National Day of Service and Remembrance.  The more common name is “Patriot Day,” not to be confused with Patriot’s Day, which commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, held the third Monday of April. 

September 11th commonly referred to as 9/11 is the anniversary of the catastrophic terrorist attack when four airplanes were hijacked and crashed in various locations.  The most deaths occurred after the attack on the Twin Towers in New York City.  The total number of deaths was 2,977, and 411 were emergency services men and women trying to rescue victims of the attack at the World Trade Center.

Although Patriot Day is not a federal holiday, it is officially recognized by US law, and as such, American flags are flown at half-staff and the President of the United States asks all Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., EST, which is the time the first airplane collided into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

There is so much information available regarding the events leading up to the attacks and the aftermath.  To learn more about this day and how you can help make a difference, visit any of the links provided here:

Bellevue University Library eCatalog

Patriot Day Pinterest Page

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

9/11 National Day of Service

9/11 Attacks

September 11 Digital Archive

Sixteen years ago a day of destruction and devastation could not break this nation, it has only made it stronger, and that is why Patriot Day is observed and September 11th is the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

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