Patriot Day

On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked. The hijackers then deliberately flew three of the planes into two important buildings, the Pentagon in Washington DC and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York.

The fourth crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The loss of life and damage that these hijackings caused from the biggest act of terrorism ever on United States soil. Nearly 3000 people died in the attacks and the economic impact was immense.

We still feel the effects of these attacks today, and they have greatly increased attention to national security in the United States. This has had huge implications for United States national and international politics, and is particularly true for the relationships between the United States and Islamic countries.

Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Many Americans refer Patriot Day as 9/11 or September 11.

Patriot Day should not be confused with Patriot’s Day, also known as Patriots Day, which commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, which were two of the earliest battles in the American Revolutionary War.

Three things that you can do today to honor the families of the 9/11 victems.

  1. If you display a flag at your home, it should be flown at half-mast in respect to those who died on September 11, 2001.
  2. Observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). This marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center.
  3. If you are a person of prayer, pray for those who lost loved ones in this attack.

How have you been affected by the events of 9/11? Comment here.

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