September 11, Patriot Day, gives us all time to reflect on the devastating terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. We remember those we lost and thank their brave first responders who put their lives on the line. Take a moment today to consider what we as a nation stand for and how we can work together to make the world a better place for all.
September 11 is the National Day of Service and Remembrance that commemorates the bravery of American citizens and uniformed personnel in one of the world’s deadliest terrorist attacks.
History of Patriot Day
It was a horrific day when four planes were hijacked (also known as Nine-Eleven) on September 11, 2001. The hijackers flew three planes into the iconic building: the Pentagon in Washington DC and the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York. The fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers of the plane fought with the hijackers. No one is sure where it was supposed to crash. But some believe it was the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the retreat of Camp David President in Maryland, or one of several nuclear power plants along the east coast.
The impact of this attack was devastating. About 3,000 people were killed, including the passengers of the plane, the buildings that were hit, and the front row workers trying to save people. It was the largest terrorist attack in the United States. Since then, aircraft security has become tighter in many countries as they try to avoid future terrorist attacks like the Nine-Eleven.
There were mostly people working on the Twin Towers, especially on the upper floor of the point of collision as people were trapped and trapped on the top of the burning skyscraper. Eleven men and women working in the emergency services lost their lives trying to put out the fire and rescue people from the building. It was a heartbreaking attack, which is why President George W. Bush declared Patriot Day and recognized September 11 every year.
On Patriot Day, the U.S. flag is lowered in half, and there is a moment of nationwide silence at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), when the first plane crashes into one of the Twin Towers. Although there were attacks in the United States, the day has been recognized worldwide because the news has devastated and affected people.
Some Numbers Related to 9/11
2977 – Number of innocent lives lost in 9/11.
343 – The death toll in New York City firefighters 9/11.
23 – Number of deaths in 9/11 who were NYPD officers.
37 – The number of deaths at 9/11 Who was a police officer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
19 – Number of terrorists hijacked on 9/11.
3: 1 – Death ratio men and women
184 – Number of deaths when American Airlines Flight 77 crashes at the Pentagon
36,000 – Blood units donated to the New York Blood Center on 9/11.
300 – Number of firefighters on leave for respiratory problems from 9/11 between January 2002.
How to Honor the Patriotic Day
Join a Patriot Day celebration
If you are close enough to the area where you can attend an event, this is one of the best ways to honor those affected. You will take a moment of silence with everyone else and listen to the stories of their lives, families, emergency workers, and many more.
Visit a memorial
If an event is not for you, there is also a ton of souvenirs where you can silently and freely pay your respects in your own, personal way. Many show the real stories and names of those killed in the incident.
Silence. Participate in a moment of silence
Although the most recognizable moment of silence is when the first plane crashes into the first tower at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, there are other times where people take a moment of silence, such as when other planes crashed and when the first tower fell. These times are at 9:03 am, 9:37 am, 9:59 am, 10:03 am, and 10:28 am.
5 Facts about Patriot Day
Osama bin Laden planned the attack
A total of 19 men hijacked the plane there.
Most of the victims were men
It was about 75% -85% of the victims were men.
Severely affected the American economy
The first 2-4 weeks after the incident caused an economic loss of about 123 billion dollars.
Cleaning was expensive
It cost about 750 million dollars to clean up the wreckage.
Nine-Eleven was the second attack on the World Trade Center
A bomb blast in 1993 killed six people.
Supported by the media and literature, many see 9/11 as an attack on America’s economic and military power. Moreover, the incident became a symbol of the era of war and terror.