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Today is Patriot Day - September 11, 2014

Sep 11, 2014 07:54AM ● Published by Brian Ostrovsky

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Today we take a moment to think back to that morning 13 years ago that changed our country and changed how most of us in the United States viewed the world. Today is Patriot Day, a day of tribute to the 2,977 people killed on September 11th, 2001.

Patriot Day started with Joint Resolution 71 which was widely passed by Congress and was renewed in 2009 by President Obama. The 2009 Presidential Proclamation included:

Today, we pay tribute to the selfless heroes and innocent victims of September 11, 2001, and we reaffirm the spirit of patriotism, service, and unity that we felt in the days and months that followed.  By volunteering our time and unique skills, we can enrich communities across our country, and together, we can strengthen our Nation to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

In the days to come, I ask all Americans to join together in serving their communities and neighborhoods in honor of the victims of the September 11 attacks.  Today and throughout the year, scores of Americans answer the call to make service a way of life -- from helping the homeless to teaching underserved students to bringing relief to disaster zones.  I encourage all Americans to visit Serve.gov, or Servir.gov for Spanish speakers, to learn more about service opportunities across our country.
As we join in serving causes greater than ourselves and honoring those we lost, we are reminded of the ways that the victims of 9/11 live on -- in the people they loved, the lives they touched, and the courageous acts they inspired.  On Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, we pledge to carry on their legacy of courage and compassion, and to move forward together as one people.

We thank those who serve, have served, and the families of those who serve.

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