Monday, September 11, 2006

911 Patiot Day

Today we remember the lives of the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks of 9-11-2001. We also recall the heroic sacrifices of civil servants, military personnel, and private citizens that responded to the call of duty to rescue, save, and defend the lives of others. Let us continue to pray for the men and women in uniform who are laying down their lives in active military service for our country.

Patriot Day occurs on 9-11 of each year, designated in memory of those who died in the 9-11-2001 attacks.

On 9-4-02 President George W. Bush used his authority, created by a resolution of the U.S. Congress, to proclaim 9-11-2002 as Patriot Day. He has continued to make the same declaration every year since.

On this day, the President directs that the flag of the United States of America be flown at half-staff and displayed from individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, both home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence begining a 8:46 A.M. {Eastern Dalight Time} marking the first plane crash on 9-11-2001.

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More U.S. fatalities were sustained on 9-11-2001 than were on 12-7-1941, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. By the end of the day, 2,973 people were killed, 246 on the four planes, 2,602 in the Twin Towers, and 125 at the Pentagon. Among the deaths were 343 N.Y. Firefighters, 23 N.Y.Police Officers, and 37 Port Authority Police Officers. In addition 24 people remain listed as missing to this day.

Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom are military responses to the continuing threat of terrorism in our world. Currently 2,966 men and women have died while serving our country in the war against terror and 20,216 have sustained injuries. Approximately 400,000 troops are deployed on foreign soil throughout the world defending the freedom that we enjoy here at home. Let's keep them in our prayers.

"It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."-Patrick Henry, Patriot


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