- Patriot Day
United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11of each year, designated in memory of the nearly three thousand who died in the September 11, 2001, attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as "Nine-Eleven (9/11)," "September 11th," "Nine-one-one," or some variation thereof.
U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on
October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day." President George W. Bushsigned the resolution into law on December 18, 2001(as [http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=107_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ089.107 Public Law 107-89] ). It is a discretionary day of remembrance.
Initially, the day was called the [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010913-7.html National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims Of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001] .
September 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002, as Patriot Day. He has continued to make similar declarations every year since.
On this day, the President directs that the American flag be flown at
half-staffand displayed from individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silencebeginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time) marking the first plane crash on September 11, 2001.
The bill to make September 11th a holiday was introduced in the U.S. House on 25 October 2001 by Rep.
Vito Fossella(R-N.Y.) with 22 co-sponsors, among them eleven Democrats and eleven Republicans. [ [http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d107:2:./temp/~bdENuD:@@@P|/bss/107search.html Search Results - THOMAS (Library of Congress) ] ] . It passed the House by a vote of 407-0, with 25 members not voting, [citeweb |url=http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2001/roll407.xml |title=FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 407 |publisher=Office of the Clerk |accessdate=2007-05-28] and passed the Senate unanimously on November 30. It was signed by President Bush, without ceremony, on December 18as Public LawNo. 107-89.
Its original co-sponsors in the House were:
Carolyn B. Maloney(D-N.Y.)
Michael R. McNulty(D-N.Y.)
John E. Peterson(R-Penn.)
Thomas M. Reynolds(R-N.Y.)
James T. Walsh(R-N.Y.)
Confusion with "Patriots' Day"
This day of observance is often confused with
Patriots' Day: a holiday celebrated primarily in Maine, Massachusetts, and the Adirondack region of New York. It commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concordduring the American Revolutionary Warand is observed in April.
* Text of the statute
** [http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=107_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ089.107 Public Law 107-89]
* [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010913-7.html 2001 proclamation]
* [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/09/20020904-10.html 2002 proclamation] , [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/09/20030904-7.html 2003] , [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/09/20040910-19.html 2004] , [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/09/20050909-12.html 2005] , [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/09/20060907-7.html 2006] , [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/09/20070904-6.html 2007] , [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/09/20080908-2.html 2008]
* [http://911digitalarchive.org/ The September 11 Digital Archive]
* [http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:HJ00071:@@@L&summ2=m& Detailed information on the bill from THOMAS]
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