Patriot Day is that day when the U.S. pays their tribute to those who were injured or lost their lives in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Patriot Day is different from Patriot's Day or Patriots' Day when people commemorate the contribution of American soldiers in the battles of Lexington and Concord. These battles, fought in 1775, marked the beginning of the American Revolutionary War.
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On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four planes on the east coast with west coast destinations.
Two of these planes smashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
The third plane hit the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and the fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.
This resulted in terrible loss of life and property. Thousands of people died these attacks and many were injured. The September 11 attacks threatened the national security of U.S. and its economic might.
On October 25, 2001, members of the Congress voted for September 11 to be designated as Patriot Day
On September 4, 2002, President George W. Bush declared that September 11 will be observed as Patriot Day
Here's how September 11 is observed every year across the nation:
On this day, the national flag waved at the White House and all U.S. government buildings around the world. Every American is expected to display the national flag around their homes, according to the directions of the U.S. President.
The flag should be flown at half-mast as a sign of honor and respect to those the nation lost on September 11, 2001.
At around 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time), people observe a moment of silence in grief of those who have fallen victim to the 9/11 attack. This is the time when the first plane hit the World Trade Center
Church services and prayer meetings: Some churches hold prayer meetings, especially establishments located in the areas affected by 9/11 attacks.
Services are attended not only by people who lost loved ones in the attack but also by thousands of people who want to honor those who were injured or passed away in September 11 attack.
A large number of people lay flowers at the 9/11 memorials in various states in remembrance of those who were killed in the terrorist attacks
On Patriot Day 2017, the National September 11th Memorial will open for the public. This memorial stands on the site where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, New York were located.
Aside from the memorial, an underground museum will be opened to the public on Patriot Day . The museum will educate people on the history of 9/11. It'll hold exhibitions in which visitors will have access to first-person accounts of what happened during the September 11, 2001 attacks.