Patriot Day falls on September 11th and is remembered around the world as the anniversary of the catastrophic terrorist attacks on our country.
Fourteen years ago this month, more than three thousand innocent men, women and children lost their lives in attacks meant to terrorize our Nation. They had been going about their day, harming no one, when sudden violence struck. We will never be able to undo the pain and injustice endured that terrible morning, nor will we ever forget those we lost.
On September 11, 2001, amid shattered glass, twisted steel, and clouds of dust, the spirit of America shone through. We remember the sacrifice of strangers and first responders who rushed into darkness to carry others to safety.
We remember the unbreakable bonds of unity we felt in the long days that followed - how we held each other, how we came to our neighbors' aid, how we prayed for one another. We recall how Americans of every station joined together to support the survivors in their hour of need and to heal our Nation in the years that followed.
Patriot Day is recognized as the official day of remembrance for these tragic events, and has been observed every year since. Each year on this day, American flags are flown at half-staff to honor and commemorate those lives lost. The President asks Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8.46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time of the first plane collision into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
While the events took place within our country, the shock and grief experienced in response to the attacks was shared across the globe, and for this reason Patriot Day is not only observed in America, but worldwide.
As we serve and remember, we reaffirm our ties to one another. On September 11, 2001, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family. May the same be said of us today and always.