September 11th is now called Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. This is a day for Americans across the country to hear the calling to volunteer in their neighboring communities, acknowledging the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, along with the first responders.
Most of us remember what we were doing on September 11, 2001. Maybe we were pushing a stroller with our newborn sleeping. We might have been running late and running to catch a bus. Others were in New York walking to the World Trade center, moving fast to get to work by 9:00 am.
On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 innocent lives were lost due to the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including rural Pennsylvania, where another plane en route for more destruction crash-landed.
While buildings have been repaired and new sites erected in the wake of the attacks, there are many ways to continue to honor the fallen.
National Day of Service and Remembrance, which is the same day as Patriot Day, asks people to do at least one good deed in honor of those who died on September 11, 2001.
- • If you display a flag at your home or business, be sure to place it at half staff from sunrise to sunset to mourn those who lost their life.
- • Share stories of the heroism and bravery of first responders with young children who may not have been alive in 2001.
Let’s take a moment today to remember, reflecting on this unforgettable moment in history and reconsider the effect that this date has had on our country and the world.