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September 10, 2012

Patriot Day is a day to honor victims of 9/11

Whether you are celebrating this Patriot Day with a neighborhood barbecue or a memorial service, there are some things you should keep in mind. By spending a little time understanding the purpose of Patriot Day, you can be sure to have an experience that commemorates the day appropriately.

As time goes on, memories fade. In the case of the tragedy that was Sept. 11, Patriot Day serves as both a celebratory holiday and day of remembrance that will ensure that the memory of the individuals who lost their lives will never be forgotten.

To better understand how to celebrate this day, take a look at the history, purpose and meaning of the day.

On Sept. 11, 2001, two civilian aircraft hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. A third hijacked airplane later crashed into the Pentagon, and a fourth hijacked aircraft was found crashed into a southwestern Pennsylvania field after passengers attempted to take back control of the aircraft. During this international tragedy, many innocent people lost their lives and America as a nation was stunned.

Patriot Day was created as a response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The president at the time, George W. Bush, signed Patriot Day into law as a celebratory mourning holiday on Dec. 18, 2001. Patriot day is not a federal holiday, and schools and businesses normally stay open during this day.

Each year the president issues a proclamation calling upon all state and local governments and citizens of the United States to observe Patriot Day with programs and activities appropriate to the holiday and atmosphere of remembrance.

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