Few Americans will ever forget where they were when they heard the news of the first airplane strike on the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. In a space of less than two hours, almost three thousand individuals, Americans as well as citizens from more than 90 countries, had died; the Twin Towers had collapsed, the Pentagon was on fire and a group of heroic citizens had brought down the fourth airplane, probably headed for the White House, in a tranquil pasture near Shanksville, PA.
This attack could have destroyed a lesser country, but the people of America rise to every challenge that comes their way. A tremendous wave of support spread from coast to coast to help the survivors and the families of the deceased. The economy gradually recovered from the unprecedented closing of the stock market for a week and the devastation of the businesses, many international giants, in Manhattan’s financial district. And, the United States of America and many of its allies took on a War on Terrorism, to root out terrorism wherever it festers in the world.
On October 25, 2001, the U.S. House unanimously passed a joint resolution requesting President Bush to designate September 11 of each year as Patriot’s Day, as a day of remembrance for those who died in the vicious attacks of that day. President Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001. And, in each year since 2001, President Bush has made a similar declaration, proclaiming September 11th as Patriot’s Day. On this day, the American flag should be flown at half mast, and the President also asks all Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8.46am EDT, marking the first plane crash on September 11, 2001.
While some insist that those who died on 9-11-01 were not patriots in the purest sense of the word, their deaths raised the level of patriotism among those who remained, and for that reason alone, if for no other, their memories should be honored. For God & Country.