Blogging on September 11th is never easy. It doesn't feel right to have a feel good post about an awesome book, or exciting things happening in my life, or even struggles with children as we get into the school year. I certainly don't feel witty and I can't really focus on anything that could make these even a marginally interesting post. We all know the reasons why.
Today is September 11th - now known as Patriot Day in the United States.
This year is only the 10th year we have had Patriot Day and it was designated in the memory of the 2,977 killed on September 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked four airplanes. Two were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, another plane struck the Pentagon and the last plane crashed into a field in near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
I am sure we all remember where we were and what we were doing that morning and possibly the days that followed. I find it hard to believe it has been eleven years. It only seems like a few because the day is still so vivid in my mind.
Patriot Day was initially called Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001, and has also been referred to a mourning day. There were twenty-two sponsors of the original bill: 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans. When the bill was presented to the U.S. House of Representatives on October 25, 2001, it was approved by a vote of 407-0. On December 18, 2001, President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law and on September 4, 2002, he used his authority to proclaim September 11th as Patriot Day.
The Patriot Day Proclamation can be read here.
This is not a Federal Holiday, but a discretionary day of remembrance, so many of us will report to work and kids need to be in school. However, it is recognized in other ways. The American flag will be flown at half-staff and Americans are asked to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:45 a.m. EDT, which is the time the North Tower was struck by the first plane.
Does your town do anything special in remembrance or to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and those in the armed forces who have died or continue to fight in the war against terror? Is there anything you do on this day?