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In the United States, Patriot Day, observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance,[1] occurs on September 11 of each year in memory of the people killed in the September 11 attacks of 2001.

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1 History 2 Observance 3 References 4 External links

History[edit] In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, President George W. Bush, proclaimed Friday September 14, 2001, as a National Day of Prayer
National Day of Prayer
and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.[2] A bill to make September 11 a national day of mourning was introduced in the U.S. House on October 25, 2001, by Rep. Vito Fossella
Vito Fossella
(R-NY) with twenty-two co-sponsors, among them eleven Democrats and eleven Republicans.[3] The bill requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as Patriot Day. Joint Resolution 71 passed the House by a vote of 407–0, with 25 members not voting.[4] The bill passed the Senate unanimously on November 30. President Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18 as Pub.L. 107–89.[5] On September 4, 2002, President Bush used the authority of the resolution to proclaim September 11, 2002, as the first Patriot Day. Original co-sponsors in the House were:[3]

Gary Ackerman
Gary Ackerman
(D-NY) Rick Boucher
Rick Boucher
(D-VA) Eliot L. Engel
Eliot L. Engel
(D-NY) Phil English
Phil English
(R-PA) Randy Forbes
Randy Forbes
(R-VA) Benjamin A. Gilman (R-NY) Felix Grucci (R-NY) Maurice Hinchey
Maurice Hinchey
(D-NY) Steve Israel
Steve Israel
(D-NY) Peter T. King
Peter T. King
(R-NY) Ray LaHood
Ray LaHood
(R-IL) Nita Lowey
Nita Lowey
(D-NY) Carolyn B. Maloney
Carolyn B. Maloney
(D-NY) Michael R. McNulty
Michael R. McNulty
(D-NY) Jim Moran
Jim Moran
(D-VA) Jerrold Nadler
Jerrold Nadler
(D-NY) John E. Peterson
John E. Peterson
(R-PA) Thomas M. Reynolds
Thomas M. Reynolds
(R-NY) Ed Schrock (R-VA) Don Sherwood (R-PA) Ed Towns (D-NY) James T. Walsh
James T. Walsh
(R-NY)

In observance of Pub.L. 111–13, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, each year since 2009 President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
has (by presidential proclamation) designated September 11 as Patriot Day
Patriot Day
and National Day of Service and Remembrance.[6][7][8][9][10] Observance[edit]

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In Washington, D.C., three American flags fly at half-staff on Columbus Circle (outside of Union Station) on Patriot Day
Patriot Day
2013. The flags of several US states and territories can be seen also flying at half-staff in the background.

The flag of the United States
United States
is flown at half-staff at the White House and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments throughout the world; flags are also encouraged to be displayed on individual American homes. Additionally, a moment of silence is observed to correspond with the attacks, beginning at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Patriot Day
Patriot Day
is not a federal holiday; schools and businesses remain open in observance of the occasion, although memorial ceremonies for the victims are often held. Volunteer and service opportunities are coordinated by the Corporation for National and Community Service. President Donald Trump
Donald Trump
proclaimed National Day of Service and Remembrance[11][12][13] and Patriot Day
Patriot Day
on September 8, 2017.[14][15][16][17]

References[edit]

^ "Presidential Proclamation: Patriot Day
Patriot Day
and National Day of Service and Remembrance" (Press release). Office of the Press Secretary. September 10, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014.  ^ National Day of Prayer
National Day of Prayer
and Remembrance for the Victims Of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 A Proclamation by the President of the United States
President of the United States
of America ^ a b "Bill Summary & Status 107th Congress (2001–2002) H.J.RES.71 All Information – Office of the Clerk". Retrieved June 16, 2012.  ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 407". Office of the Clerk. Retrieved May 28, 2007.  ^ Public Law 107-89 ^ "Presidential Proclamation: Patriot Day
Patriot Day
and National Day of Service and Remembrance". White House
White House
Office of the Press Secretary. September 10, 2009. Archived from the original on September 18, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014.  ^ "Presidential Proclamation: Patriot Day
Patriot Day
and National Day of Service and Remembrance". White House
White House
Office of the Press Secretary. September 10, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2014.  ^ "Presidential Proclamation: Patriot Day
Patriot Day
and National Day of Service and Remembrance". White House
White House
Office of the Press Secretary. September 9, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2014.  ^ "Presidential Proclamation: Patriot Day
Patriot Day
and National Day of Service and Remembrance". White House
White House
Office of the Press Secretary. September 10, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2014.  ^ "Presidential Proclamation: Patriot Day
Patriot Day
and National Day of Service and Remembrance". White House
White House
Office of the Press Secretary. September 11, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2014.  ^ Office of the Press Secretary (September 8, 2017). "President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Friday, September 8, 2017, through Sunday, September 10, 2017, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance". whitehouse.gov. Washington, D.C.: White House. Retrieved September 20, 2017.  ^ @WhiteHouse (September 8, 2017). "President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Fri, Sept 8, 2017 - Sun, Sept 10, 2017 as National Days of Prayer & Remembrance:" (Tweet). Retrieved September 20, 2017 – via Twitter.  ^ "National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2017" (PDF). Federal Register. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. September 8, 2017. Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2017.  ^ Office of the Press Secretary (September 8, 2017). "President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 11, 2017, as Patriot Day". whitehouse.gov. Washington, D.C.: White House. Retrieved September 21, 2017.  ^ @WhiteHouse (September 8, 2017). "President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 11, 2017, as Patriot Day:" (Tweet). Retrieved September 21, 2017 – via Twitter.  ^ Wang, Christine. "Trump to proclaim National Day of Patriotism, spokesman say". CNBC. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: NBCUniversal News Group. Retrieved September 21, 2017.  ^ "Patriot Day, 2017" (PDF). Federal Register. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. September 8, 2017. Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to 9/11 anniversaries.

Text of the statute

Public Law 107-89 36 U.S.C. § 144

2001 proclamation, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 , 2010, 2011 Detailed information on the bill from THOMAS U.S. Army's Patriot Day
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