We will never forget!
Today we remember Patriot Day, officially known as National Day of Service and Remembrance, in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Additionally, a moment of silence is observed today to correspond with the attacks, beginning at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
The September 11 attacks, also called 9/11 attacks, were a series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks committed in 2001 by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda against targets in the United States, the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil in U.S. history.
On December 18, 2001, President George W. Bush officially designated September 11th as Patriot Day. The day has also been designated as a day that the U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sundown, not just until noon as is done on Memorial Day.
The World Trade Center’s South Tower collapses at 9:59 a.m., Sept. 11, 2001. The collapse caused flaming debris and rubble to crash down on the New York City streets below. (Getty Images photo by Thomas Nilsson/Released)
FBI agents, fire fighters, rescue workers and engineers work at the Pentagon crash site on Sept. 14, 2001, where a hijacked American Airlines flight slammed into the building on Sept. 11. The terrorist attack caused extensive damage to the west face of the building and followed similar attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Cedric H. Rudisill/Released)