Patriot Day 2018
Patriot Day 2018 will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 11th. Patriot Day is a non-movable holiday and is celebrated each year on September 11.
When Do We Celebrate Patriot Day?
We celebrate Patriot Day annually on September 11. A bill was first introduced by President Bush in October, 2001, requesting to make September 11 a national day of mourning. The bill named it Patriot Day. It was first observed on September 11, 2002.
Patriot Day is not a federal holiday, and the post office and other government buildings do not close in observance. However, many places do observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment that the first airplane struck the World Trade Center.
Why Do We Celebrate Patriot Day?
On September 11, 2001, the United States suffered a terrorist attack. Four airplanes were hijacked by Islamic terrorists and deliberately crashed. This represented the largest act of terrorism on United States soil. The planes were flown into:
- The north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City
- The south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City
- The Pentegon in Washington, D.C.
- A field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. However, it is believed that the airplane may have been headed for the White House or Camp David. Passengers were able to overthrow the terrorists before they reached their destination.
The September 11 attacks killed more than 3000 people and injured over 6000 others. The death toll included 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers. The World Trade Center housed many international businesses, and more than 90 countries suffered civilian casualties.
The observance of Patriot Day includes the flags being flown at half-staff to honor those who died. In New York City, the names of the victims are read aloud to music. Memorial services are held at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.