The Importance of Patriot Day

Patriot Day is a day of remembrance in the United States set aside in honor of the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

The most important part of observing this day is a moment of silence that occurs at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time. This is when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. This is a time of prayer and remembrance of the victims who lost their lives in the terrible attack. It is also a time to reflect on freedom as well as the heroes who gave their lives to save others.

Though Patriot Day is not a federal holiday, the flag of the United States is flown at half-staff at the White House and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments worldwide.

It is good to note that Patriot Day observed on September 11, is not the same thing as Patriot’s Day, recognized in some states on the third Monday in April to commemorate the start of the American Revolution.

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