Patriot Day 2020 - Patriot Day History, Importance, Theme and Everything you need to know

Patriot Day is celebrated on the 11th of September every year in the remembrance of the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11 to pay tribute to those who were killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Read on to know more about the observance of Patriot Day, it’s history and relevance.

Monika | Updated Jul 29, 2020 07:25 AM

Patriot Day 2020 - Patriot Day History, Importance, Theme and Everything you need to know

 Patriot Day 2020

Patriot Day is observed on the 11th of September globally. Patriot Day is the anniversary of the disastrous attacks on the USA on 11th September 2001(often referred to as 9/11). Patriot Day is perceived by US law as the official day of reminiscence for these tragic events (attacks on the World Trade Center in the New York City and Pentagon in Virginia and those who lost their lives when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania), and Patriot Day has been observed every year since then.

What is the History of Patriot day?

Four planes were hijacked on September 11, 2001. The hijackers then intentionally flew three of the planes into two of the most important buildings, the Pentagon in Washington DC and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York.  The fourth plane crashed into the field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The loss of lives and damage caused by these attacks is considered the biggest act of terrorism ever on the soil of the United States. About 3000 people lost their lives and the impact on the social and economic condition was huge.

What is the Origin of Patriot Day and Why is it Celebrated?

Patriot Day, 11 September is not considered as a federal holiday. In observance of the occasion, all the schools and businesses remain open and people observe the memorial ceremonies for the victims who died during these catastrophic terrorist attacks (9/11). Per the official declaration, all departments and agencies of the United States are indicated to fly the American flag at half-staff from sunrise until sunset. Governors of the United States and its territories and the interested organizations and individuals are also encouraged to join in the ritual.

Why is 9/11 called Patriot Day?

Patriot Day, 11 September is observed as a tribute in the memory of nearly 3,000 innocent people who were killed in the September 11, 2001, barbaric terrorist attacks of the United States. Since then, every year in the United States is dedicated in remembrance of the victims who died in those attacks as well as for those who staked their own lives to save others. On October 25, 2001, a bill was introduced to make September 11 as a national day of mourning by Rep. Vito Fossella(R-NY) along with 22 co-sponsors (11 Democrats and 11 Republicans). Using the authority of his resolution, President Bush proclaimed September 11, 2002, as the first Patriot Day. After several years, President Barack Obama rededicated it as Patriot day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in the year 2009.

How Patriot Day is Observed?

Patriot day is not observed as a public holiday. The government offices, educational institutions and businesses are not closed on this day. On all the United States government buildings and establishments, the national flag is flown at half-mast. Individuals are also encouraged and motivated to display the national flag on their homes to pay a tribute to those who died during terrorist attacks of 9/11. Traditionally, a moment of silence is observed at 8:46 AM on September 11, every year.

What are the Symbols used during the Observance of Patriot Day?

The most important and relevant symbols of the events that happened on September 11, 2001 are mainly the pictures and videos of those planes flying into the buildings of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, smoke immersed, showing the collapse of the buildings and of the people falling from the buildings. Often, the theme also comprises the pictures taken of the damaged buildings and also displays the pictures of relatives looking for their loved ones even after days and weeks after those barbaric attacks. This is a gesture to remind Americans about the way their country remained poised and strong in the face of disastrous terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Americans also pay tribute to the victims as well as survivors of the attacks by displaying particular flags specific to 9/11

9/11 Memorial Flags

An official flag, known as the official 9/11 Memorial Flag was commissioned by the New York State Office of General Services for the 10- year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The design includes stars arranged in a pentagon shape and two vertical columns representing the two twin towers of the World Trade Center.

Flags for Emergency Services Personnel and Victims

There are a variety of Thin Red Line Flags and thin Blue Line Flags to honour the fire-fighters, police and first responders who put their precious lives on the edge on September 11, 2001. Many of them still suffer from illness and injury today.

Flag of Heroes and Flag of Honor

Flags of heroes are displayed for those who survived the barbaric attacks of 9/11 which also includes the names of all the Emergency Services personnel. Flag of honor is for all the victims.

Patriotism Quotes

“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easyway: Stop participating in it- Noam Chomsky”

“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country”

“Patriotism is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice.”

“It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism.”

“He loves his country best and strives to make it best, and that according to me is the true sense of patriotism.”

“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we've never met” 

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Patriot Day - FAQs

1. Is Patriot Day observed as a public holiday in the US?

Patriot Day is not observed as a public holiday; schools and businesses remains open and they pay a tribute to the victims and survivors of 9/11 attacks

2. Why is September 11 observed as Patriot Day?

Patriot Day honors the memories of those who died in the catastrophic terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It also honors those who survived and staked their lives in those attacks.

3. At what time silence is observed on Patriot Day?

A moment of silence is observed at 8:46 a.m., as a symbol of tribute. This is the time at which the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11,2001.

4. Patriot Day was declared by whom?

President Bush used the authority and passed the resolution to observe September 11, 2001 as the first Patriot Day.