Patriot Day (Sept 11) History
Patriot Day is a day the US remembers the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This day is commonly referred to as 9-11 (Nine-Eleven). It is believed that 2,977 people died in the attacks. President George W. Bush proclaimed September 11th Patriot Day in 2002.
Patriot Day (Sept 11) Facts
- On September 11th, US Flags should be flown at half mast - both on US soil and abroad.
- A moment of silence is held at 8:46 a.m. (EST) across the nation - commemorating the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
- The National September 11 Memorial and Museum takes up over half of the destroyed World Trade Center site. It contains bronze parapets inscribed with the names of those killed on September 11, 2001 and those killed in the 1993 World Trade Center attack.
- Cleaning up Ground Zero, as the World Trade Center was renamed, took 18 months and 19 days, and was completed in May of 2002.
- The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were once the tallest buildings in the world, and contained enough concrete to build a sidewalk from New York City to Washington D.C.
Patriot Day (Sept 11) Top Events and Things to Do
- Visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.
- Observe a moment of silence.
- Attend a 9/11 Memorial Service.
- Share with a group of children your memories of 9/11 and how the events of the day forever changed America.
- Show support for local police and firemen as a way to honor the emergency personnel who gave their lives on 9/11.