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Sept. 11 is Patriot Day: Remember, Reflect, Renew

A man walks through the Healing Field flag display near the Pentagon Memorial. Each flag represents someone who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.To mark the anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, President Bush proclaimed September 11 as Patriot Day

On this day, the proclamation asks that flags be flown at half-mast and that the day be marked by ceremonies, candlelight vigils, and other remembrance services. It is recognized annually as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.



We shall never forget. We shall keep this day. 

We shall keep the events and the tears in our minds, 

our memory and our hearts and take them with us as we carry on. 

Source: 9/11 Memorial Web site

How to Remember

If you are not able to attend an event at your local garrison, there are a number of different ways you can remember on Patriot Day. Here are some ways for you to remember September 11th:

  • Observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM Eastern Time, the time of the first plane crash on September 11.
  • Fly your American flag at half-staff for the entire day.
  • Write a letter to the family of one of the deceased.

For other ideas on how to remember, and more about Patriot Day, please visit the Army's Patriot Day Web site.

Where to Remember

Check with your local garrison to find out if they have a planned location of remembrance or keep an eye out in your local paper for other events in your area.

For example, a garrison near you may be planning a trip to a local memorial, organizing a ceremony, or planning a get-together.

September 11 reminds us that our fate as individuals is tied to that of our Nation. Our democracy is strengthened when we uphold the freedoms upon which our Nation was built: equality, justice, liberty, and democracy. These values exemplify the patriotism and sacrifice we commemorate today.


- President Barack Obama, 2009 Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance Proclamation