Today is Patriot Day
Patriot Day is an important day for all Americans, but for those of us who live and work a few miles from the Pentagon crash, it has special significance. It is a day I know I will never forget.
Signed into public law in 2001, September 11 has been observed as Patriot Day, a national day of mourning and remembrance since 2002, and flags are to be flown at halfstaff. The President issues a proclamation each year calling on Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. EDT. Please join us as we quietly remember the people who lost their lives.
In 2009, the day was also proclaimed to be observed as a “National Day of Service and Remembrance” through the Serve America Act, sponsored by Senator Edward Kennedy, and providing for federal grants, contracts, and other funding for programs promoting service learning and volunteer activities on that day and throughout the year.
We are closed today. There is a memorial in Falls Church to those who perished in the September 11 attacks. It’s located at National Memorial Park, 7482 Lee Highway. If you have not visited it before, today would be a good day to go.