President Barack Obama signed a proclamation designating the 11th anniversary of 9/11 attacks to the United States as Patriot Day and National Day of Remembrance.
“Today, as we remember the victims, their families, and the heroes who stood up during one of our country’s darkest moments, I invite all Americans to reclaim that abiding spirit of compassion by serving their communities in the days and weeks ahead,” Obama said in a proclamation released on Monday, Sept. 10, by the White House.
The President is calling upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
In what is called the worst attacks, nineteen terrorists from al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets — two of which were piloted into the World Trade Center complex in New York City; one crashing into the Pentagon; and another supposedly intended into the United States Capitol Building crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks, including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.
“… as we mark the anniversary of September 11, we remember what remains the same: our character as a Nation, our faith in one another, and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness. In the spirit that moved rescue workers and firefighters to charge into darkness and danger that September morning, we see the same sense of moral responsibility that drove countless Americans to give of themselves in the months that followed,” Obama added.