Commemorating Patriot Day

September 11 marks a tragic day in U.S. history, but the date has also been chosen to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. On December 18, 2001, President George W. Bush officially designated September 11th as Patriot Day. See below for stories, videos and special features commemorating the sacrifices that so many service members and civilians made on that day.


In honor of the anniversary of 9/11, we pay tribute to the men and women whose lives were forever changed.

Soldiers Born from Ground-zero Ashes: Two New Yorkers were on the scene during September 11 -- and were inspired to join the Guard because of the incident.

9-11 Tribute: Memorial video to those who lost their lives on that fateful day.

Remembering 9/11: 'We're Still Taking Bodies Out of This Building': "Ah, this is Dulles approach control. We're tracking a fast moving primary headed toward the White House. White House has been advised."

A Rescheduled Appointment, a Life Saved: Colonel (Retired) Frank Childress was away from his desk in the Army Personnel Department when American Airlines Flight 77 plowed through his office.

Flying the Flag on Patriot Day

The day has also been designated as a day that the US flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sundown, not just until noon as is done on Memorial Day. In addition the people of the United States are asked to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in remembrance of the victims.

Patriot Day should not be confused with Patriot's Day, a regional holiday celebrated in New England on the third Monday in April which commemorates Paul Revere's ride and the battle of Lexington & Concord during the Revolutionary War. The Boston Marathon is run on Patriot's Day every year.

For a copy of the Public Law, visit the National Flag Foundation at

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