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Patriot Day

September 11
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 11 of September, repeating until September 11, 2030

Patriot Day, officially known as National Day of Service and Remembrance, is observed every September 11th in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Excerpt from President Trump’s Proclamation:

“On this anniversary, I invite all Americans to thank our Nation’s incredible service members and first responders, who are on the front lines of our fight against terrorism…The spirit of service and self sacrifice that Americans so nobly demonstrated on September 11, 2001, is evident in the incredible response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.”

How Patriot Day is Observed

  • Americans are called on to observe Patriot Day each September 11th with a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time.
  • Observe the day with ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services.
  • Flags should be displayed at half-staff in honor of the individuals who lost their lives from sunrise to sundown
  • Patriot Day has been added to the Flag Holidays listed in section 174 of the US Flag Code
  • State and local governments and the people of the United States are asked to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities

The History of Patriot Day

President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law (Public Law 107-89) on December 18, 2001. Through wide-spread support from the 9/11 community Congress designated September 11th as the “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”