Presidential Proclamation -- Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
September 10, 2013
PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE,
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA
Twelve years ago this month, nearly three thousand innocent men, women, and
children lost their lives in attacks meant to terrorize our Nation. They had
been going about their day, harming no one, when sudden violence struck. We will
never undo the pain and injustice borne that terrible morning, nor will we ever
forget those we lost.
On September 11, 2001, amid shattered glass, twisted steel, and clouds of
dust, the spirit of America shone through. We remember the sacrifice of
strangers and first responders who rushed into darkness to carry others from
danger. We remember the unbreakable bonds of unity we felt in the long days that
followed -- how we held each other, how we came to our neighbors' aid, how we
prayed for one another. We recall how Americans of every station joined together
to support the survivors in their hour of need and to heal our Nation in the
years that followed.
Today, we can honor those we lost by building a Nation worthy of their
memories. Let us also live up to the selfless example of the heroes who gave of
themselves in the face of such great evil. As we mark the anniversary of
September 11, I invite all Americans to observe a National Day of Service and
Remembrance by uniting in the same extraordinary way we came together after the
attacks. Like the Americans who chose compassion when confronted with cruelty,
we can show our love for one another by devoting our time and talents to those
in need. I encourage all Americans to visit www.Serve.gov, or www.Servir.gov for Spanish speakers, to find
ways to get involved in their communities.
As we serve and remember, we reaffirm our ties to one another. On September
11, 2001, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or
ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family. May the same be said
of us today, and always.
By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the
Congress has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and by
Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the
observance of September 11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America,
do hereby proclaim September 11, 2013, as Patriot Day and National Day of
Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and
instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States
at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in
honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite
the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and
interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon
the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of
those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and
activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence
beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who
perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of September,
in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.
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