U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed a proclamation designating 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror strikes on the United States as Patriot Day and National Day of Remembrance.
"On September 11, 2001, a bright autumn day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. Thousands of innocent men, women, and children perished when mighty towers collapsed in the heart of New York City and wreckage burned in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. They were family and friends, service members and first responders -- and the tragedy of their loss left pain that will never fade and scars our country will never forget," the President said in his proclamation.
More than a decade later, Obama called upon all Americans to reclaim that abiding spirit of compassion by serving their communities in the days and weeks ahead.
By a joint resolution approved on December 18, 2001, the U.S. Congress has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and on April 21, 2009, it has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."
Obama called upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentality of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-mast on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
He invited Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. He appealed to U.S. nationals to participate in community service, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. EDT to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
by RTT Staff Writer
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