Both of my children’s schools are celebrating Patriot Day this year to remember those lives lost during 9-11, but I swear this is the first year I’ve heard it called that.
According to Calendar Updates website Patriot Day was signed into law on Dec. 18, 2001, but I don’t think I’ve heard anyone call it that before this year. I remember a moment of silence and prayer at the time of the attacks over the years. But I don’t remember the schools naming it and having activities surrounding it.
Maybe it has picked more official activities since 2009 when “President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act which recognizes September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, calling upon Americans to make an enduring commitment to serve their community and our Nation.”
One of the schools is technically celebrating on Monday. They are having a read-a-thon and parents coming in to read with the kids. They may have other patriotic proceedings but that’s all I’ve read so far.
My other child’s school is observing it tomorrow it with a flag raising ceremony.
My friend’s school in the city of Atlanta was having what seemed to be a week up events leading up to this weekend, with the kids even dressing in patriotic colors one day.
“On Patriot Day, Americans should fly their flags at half-staff and observe a moment of silence to honor those individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks.
On September 11, 2001, two hijacked civilian aircraft crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third hijacked aircraft crashed into the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. And a forth hijacked aircraft crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania after passengers tried to take control of the aircraft in order to prevent the hijackers from crashing the aircraft into an important symbol of democracy and freedom. Thousands of innocent people lost their lives in this tragedy.
The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation calling on:
- state and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities;
- all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States and interested organizations and individuals to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001;
- the people of the United States to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.”
Now don’t confuse it with Patriot’s Day, which commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775. Patriot’s Day is annually held on the third Monday of April.
So is your school celebrating Patriot Day sometime around Sept 11 – this week or next week? What are they doing to observe it? Have they observed it in the past? Do you remember hearing the name or was it just moments of silence or prayers at the attack time?