Patriot Day, not to be confused with Patriots’ Day, began in 2002 as a national day of remembrance for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Each Patriot Day, September 11, the president of the United States calls for the country to remember the several thousand people killed in the attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on “Flight 93,” which crashed in Pennsylvania. The nation holds a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Time), which was the moment the first airplane crashed into the World Trade Center.
The custom on Patriot Day is to fly the American flag at half-staff, a symbol of national mourning, on all government buildings.
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