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Thursday, September 10, 2020
Patriot Day 2020
9-11On September 11, 2001, the United States suffered a great tragedy when four planes were hijacked and deliberately flown into two important buildings: the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. This attack claimed over 3,000 lives and more than 400 police officers and firefighters. The courage displayed by these first responders saved the lives of many Americans.

As the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed, our first responders were determined to rescue as many people as possible. They diligently searched for missing people, treated the wounded, and cleared the rubble so life could move forward. Without their bravery, we would have lost many more lives.  The selflessness displayed that day and the weeks to follow showed the world America‚Äôs strength and compassion. 

On December 18, 2002, President Bush signed a resolution into law proclaiming September 11 as Patriot Day. On this day each year, our nation joins together to honor the lives lost. Although Patriot Day is not a federal holiday, the United States joins together at 8:46 a.m. marking the time the first plane flew into the World Trade Center with special church services, prayers and moments of silence. In addition, flags are flown at half-staff as a mark of respect.

We encourage the community to join us in a moment of silence on Friday, September 11 at 8:46 a.m. in remembrance of those who lost their lives and for those who risked their lives for one another during this tragedy.

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