What Is Patriot Day?

01 WTCPatriot Day is one of the newest United States of America holidays. It is one of reflection and pause to remember one of the most terrible and cowardly attacks on our nations. It is meant to honor the brave men, women, children, and first responders who perished in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

The bill for the holiday of mourning was introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) with 22 co-sponsors from both the Republicans and Democrats. It passed the House and the Senate (unanimously) and signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 18th, 2001.

Its co-sponsors were:

  • Gary Ackerman (D-NY)
  • Rick Boucher (D-VA)
  • Eliot L. Engel (D-NY)
  • Phil English (R-PA)
  • Randy Forbes (R-VA)
  • Benjamin A. Gilman (R-NY)
  • Felix Grucci, Jr. (R-NY)
  • Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
  • Steve Israel (D-NY)
  • Peter T. King (R-NY)
  • Ray LaHood (R-IL)
  • Nita Lowey (D-NY)
  • Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)
  • Michael R. McNulty (D-NY)
  • Jim Moran (D-VA)
  • Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
  • John E. Peterson (R-PA)
  • Thomas M. Reynolds (R-NY)
  • Ed Schrock (R-VA)
  • Don Sherwood (R-PA)
  • Ed Towns (D-NY)
  • James T. Walsh (R-NY)

On September 10, 2012, President Barack Hussein Obama changed the name to Patriot Day and Nation Day of Service and Remembrance. Collectively, it is still referred to as 9/11 or September 11th.

I wrote this article because I was watching live on television when the World Trade Center was attacked. My dad was out on business, like any other day. My mom was home schooling us in the kitchen when we got the call, a call that would shake me to the core to this very day.

We turned on the TV and we sat there together and cried.

Then it happened again. On September 11th, 2012, eleven years later, terrorists (NOT protesters) attacked the US Embassy in Benghazi, Lybia. The next day, four people were murdered included our ambassador. Once again, I watched the news as those same feelings came back to the forefront of my being. The feeling of hopelessness as innocent people were killed, this time, no help was coming.

We all have feelings of anger. We are angry at the terrorists responsible. We are angry at our government for hiding details and outright lying. We are angry because we are Americans, the most generous nation in the world and we got hit by a sucker punch… twice.

That is why Patriot Day is so important. It reminds that we are Americans and even though, come what may, we will unite and fight whatever threats our enemies send.

To all of the victims’ families, the survivors, the troops, and the first responders, thank you for your service in the wake of both September 11th attacks.

We will never forget.

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One thought on “What Is Patriot Day?

  1. A lot of Americans have forgotten my friend. It’s sad, because Americans have a short memory and as Patrick Henry once said “We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth”, many Americans refuse to believe the truth about 9/11/2001. Now, because most were not affected by the tragedy … no problem, move on. And not one person responsible has been held accountable.

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