Patriot Day is the yearly recognition of September 11, 2001, to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on this date.
On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 innocent lives were lost due to the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including rural Pennsylvania, where another plane en route for more destruction crash-landed.
The loss of life and damage that these hijackings caused form the most significant act of terrorism ever on United States land. Thousands died in the attacks, and the economic and financial impact was immense.
When smoke rose from all three sites, America faced an even greater challenge: How would the U.S. heal in the aftermath of the first terrorist attack on home soil?
Our nation has always shown resilience in adversity, and the weeks and months following September 11, 2001, were no different. Our daily activities resumed, baseball and football seasons picked back up after a brief pause, and the country got back on its feet.
Today offers a time to remember, reflecting on this lasting moment in history and with that, reconsidering the effect that this date has had on our country and the world.