For those Americans born after or shortly before 2001, Patriot Day may seem like just another day printed on a calendar. But for almost every other American, September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten. We remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news: terrorists had hit the Twin Towers in Manhattan, and our country would never be the same.
Every year, we celebrate Patriot Day on September 11. It provides us an opportunity to remember the people killed directly in office buildings or on planes, as well as all who perished trying to save possible survivors.
The day is one of national mourning. The United States flag is flown at half-mast at all US government buildings and the White House. Americans are also encouraged to fly the flag at their places of residence. A moment of silence is observed at 8:46 AM EST, which is when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Although Patriot Day is not a national holiday, numerous memorial services are held across the country. Many Americans also take the day as an opportunity to volunteer and give back to their respective communities.