September 11th is Patriot Day

Patriot Day is approaching quickly, marking the 9th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Patriot Day, which was signed into effect by George W. Bush on October 25, 2001, is a day to remember the 2,996 brave men and women who lost their lives early on the morning of 9/11. On this day, we are asked to fly our flags at half-staff and to honor a moment of silence at 8:46 AM, which is the time the first plane (American Airlines Flight 11) hit the World Trade Center.

To think that it has already been 9 years since the attack is crazy to me. I continually wonder if I will always feel like it just happened. Many things have changed since that day, some good, some bad, but in the end, America has stood firm. We dusted ourselves off, people rushed to NY to help out and we all raised our flags and our heads. On Patriot Day, please remember how far we have come and why we have been able to get here – because of the brave men and women who have dedicated and in some cases, given their lives so we can enjoy our freedoms.

One of the most memorable moments I have from 2001 is watching the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees game the following week. Pastor Phyllis Arnold, a woman from Chicago sang the national anthem and God bless America before the game which was actually played in Chicago despite New York being the home team because they could not play at their stadium. To see all of the New York support signs from the Chicago fans and both teams coming together as Americans made me realize we were going to be okay. Please feel free to reply with some of your 9/11 memories that stand out to you.

This Patriot Day, we give thanks to all of our soldiers, past and present. Flag Expressions gives thanks to our many heroes that were lost that fateful day and we will never forget your dedication to our great country. Again, please remember to fly your flags at half-staff and observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM. Thank you for reading. I look forward to hearing your 9/11 stories.

Honoring Our Heroes on Patriot Day

Any change, even for the better, is ALWAYS accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts” -Arnold Bennett

WTC_LightsPatriot Day was signed into law as a Holiday in December 18th, 2001 by former President George W Bush and is recognized on Sept. 11 of each year. Designed to honor the over 3,000 people who were loved and lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks, the most tragic terrorist attack ever on American soil. On this day, the President directs all Government offices, American homes, and the White House to fly their American flags at half-staff. We are also asked to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM, the momemnt when the American Airlines flight 11 hit the North tower.

Many of our lives were woken up that fateful Tuesday morning…I was still in High School in Calculus class when our teacher had walked down to the principal’s office to speak about something and when she returned, she had tears in her eyes. Her husband was in the military.

We watched the 2nd plane hit…

That day is one day that I can almost remember every detail, from how we had to design an antenna out of paper clips to watch TV in Latin class to who I saw and talked with that night. Following the 2nd plane hit though, it seemed like I watched TV for a week straight. We were all wondering who could have done such a thing, why us, and what would it mean. I remember trying to make sense of it all, to which I never did. I don’t think I realized the impact of the attacks until later that week. The impact is still going on today…

Hearing the Star-Spangled Banner on 9/21/09 at our first football game since the attacks was the first time I realized we were going to be alright in the long run. And it has been a long long run.

The one thing that we can almost all agree on is that September 11 marked the day when the United States woke back up to a country of unity and pride. United States flags flew off the shelves, people gathered together to mourn, and moments of silence were taken throughout the nation. Fire Departments, Police Departments, and EMS Services from across the nation flocked to New York to lend hands wherever they could. The nation pooled money to help those who had lost their fathers, sons, brothers, mothers, daughters, and sisters. Millions joined the US Military to defend our freedoms and all of the securities we took for granted before 9/11. Looking back today, it was amazing the compassion and urgency that the world showed from that moment on. I believe that it will be the most important moment I will ever witness.

I don’t believe that Patriot Day was established to mourn those lost ones of Sept. 11, 2001, but instead to give thanks for the sacrifices made… Things are getting better. New York has recovered, people are healing, and construction of the World Trade Center Memorial is underway. The economy is coming back around, soldiers are coming home to their families, and the government has united in the fight against terrorism. Things will continue to get better as long as we continue to move forward as a nation.

Give thanks for the brave men and women protecting our most vital assets: Life, Liberty and most importantly…Freedom. Patriot Day is quickly approaching and even at half-staff our flags will still fly high.

“You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.” -Colin Powell