A country will have its share of joyous occasions along with its hardships and sorrows. Being involved and remembering those times is what being a patriot is all about. Not to be confused with Patriot’s Day—which celebrates a battle during the Revolutionary War—Patriot Day memorializes the loved ones we lost on that horribly tragic morning 14 years ago.
On Patriot Day, we remember the horrible attacks our nation suffered on September 11, 2001 as well as the heroes who sacrificed themselves to save the lives of others. Having hijacked four, large passenger planes, the terrorists responsible for 9/11 crashed two into the Twin Towers and another into the Pentagon.
The passengers in the fourth plane managed to force their plane to crash into a field in Pennsylvania, preventing any further damage the terrorists would have otherwise caused.
Communities and individuals demonstrate their remembrance and patriotism in a number of different ways. Flags are flown at half-mast, bells are tolled, presidential speeches are given at the locations of crash sites. The most important and impressive part of the observance, however, takes place at Ground Zero in New York City where the Twin Towers once stood.
A moment of silence is held at 8:46am (eastern time)—the time when the first plane struck the North Tower. This time is meant not only for remembering the victims of these terrible atrocities, but also for reflecting on the heroes who helped save lives that day.
Another important, commemorative element at Ground Zero is the Tribute in Light, installed six months after the attacks. Two beams of light shine straight up into the air from the two reflecting pools, perfectly matching the footprints of the Twin Tower buildings. Inscribed in the bronze panels found around the outside of the pools is the name of everyone who died in the attacks.
Join the nation in our remembrance of this unfortunate anniversary. Thanks for reading.