Patriots’ Day is

Sept. 11

By Mary Fox

Remembrance and Understanding

We all remember certain dates – whether good, bad, happy or sad – that mark an event important to our family and friends, our town, state and country.

Sept. 11, 2001, is one of those dates we will never forget. We in Ellicottville, like citizens of towns and cities all around the country, remember where we were on that day when they heard the news of the attacks on the buildings of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the heroic sacrifice of people on a plane that crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The memory of that horrific day must not be forgotten.

The bombings of Sept. 11, 2001, are officially revisited each Sept. 11 as a day of remembrance.

On November 30, 2001, a resolution was signed by President George Bush to make Sept. 11 Patriot’s Day in memory of the 2,977 killed in the 2001 terrorists attacks.

The president of the United States requested that on Sept. 11 the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual homes, at the White House and at all government buildings and schools in this country and abroad.

The president also requests Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center that day.

It is not too much to ask of us to offer our prayers of remembrance and hope for world understanding. It’s not the horror, but the reason for it that we must remember and what it means to our town, our country and the world.

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