Patriot Day Remembrance Ceremony at Punahou (September 11, 2014)
How to Observe Patriot Day in the United States
On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the United States in an unprecedented event that became known as 9/11. In honor of the thousands of innocent victims who perished that day, former President George W. Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, to be annually observed on the anniversary of the attacks. This article offers steps on how to observe Patriot Day, and how to remember the tragic events of 9/11 in respect of those who lost their lives.
Understand the events of the day.On the morning of September 11, 2001, terrorist hijacked four passenger airliners and deliberately crashed them into the following American landmarks:
- American Airlines Flight 11, flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City
- United Airlines Flight 175, flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center
- American Airline Flight 77, flown into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia
- United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after the heroic efforts of its passengers who attempted to overcome the hijackers.
Visit the memorials.Thousands of lives were lost in this horrifying tragedy, and should be honored for their bravery and courage. Some leave flowers or an American flag at these sites, which can be found in numerous cities, as well as in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Observe six moments of silence.A respectful and solemn tradition, this is performed to commemorate what transpired at the following moments:
- 8:46 AM
- 9:03 AM
- 9:37 AM
- 9:59 AM
- 10:03 AM
- 10:28 AM
Talk to the heroes that survived and saved lives.Hundreds of people did survive the attacks, and many of them deserve to be honored for their help saving lives and maintain order among the chaos of that day.
Donate to a charity that helps provide support for the survivors of 9/11.You could also donate to charities that help the injured or to the families that lost a loved one in the attacks. If possible, and if they are OK with doing so, get to know them and help them in any way you can. Learn their stories of survival and what they saw that fateful day.
Spread kindness and awareness.
Video: West Chester Area School District - Hillsdale Elementary Patriot Day
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