Patriot Day is observed in the United States on September 11, as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, in memory of the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On Patriot Day, Americans are called to volunteer in their local communities as a tribute to the individuals killed and injured in the attacks, the first responders, and all who have risen in service to defend freedom. The September 11, 2001 attacks were planned and carried out by members of an Islamist terrorist group, and involved airplane hijacking and suicide bombing. The World Trade Center in New York City was hit twice, and the Pentagon was struck. A fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to subdue the terrorists. The attacks killed 2,966 people and injured over 6,000 others. An estimated ten billion dollars in infrastructure and property damage resulted. In the months and years following the attacks, additional individuals died from cancer and respiratory diseases. On December 18, 2001, the date of September 11 was named as Patriot Day and approved by Congress to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In 2009 Congress designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. In every community there are many opportunities to volunteer, not just on September 11, but every day throughout the year. The 9/11 attacks on the United States should always be a reminder to all citizens of how precious and fragile is the freedom we are blessed with in this country.
From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution