As time goes on, memories fade. In the case of the tragedy that was the September 11th, Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance serves as both a celebratory holiday and a day of remembrance to ensure that the memory of the individuals who lost their lives will never be forgotten. To better understand how to celebrate, let us take a look at the history, purpose, and meaning of the day.
On September 11, 2001, two civilian aircraft hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. A third hijacked airplane later crashed into the Pentagon, and a fourth hijacked aircraft was found crashed into a southwestern Pennsylvania field after passengers attempted to take back control of the aircraft. During this international tragedy, many innocent people lost their lives, and America as a nation was stunned.
Patriot Day was created as a response to these terrorists attacks on the United States of America. The president at the time, George W. Bush, signed Patriot Day into law as a celebratory mourning holiday on December 18, 2001. Patriot Day is not a federal holiday, and schools and businesses normally stay open during this day.