Patriot Day

officially known as National Day of Service and Remembrance, is observed every September 11th in honor of U.S. citizens and service members who lost their lives as a result of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

How Patriot Day is Observed

  • Americans are called on to observe Patriot Day each September 11th with a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time.
  • Observe the day with ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services.
  • Flags should be displayed at half-staff in honor of the individuals who lost their lives from sunrise to sundown.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum

  • The  9/11 Memorial & Museum traditionally observes the anniversary with a ceremony beginning at 8:46 a.m. EST, at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. The museum is accessible only to family members of victims in the 2001 and 1993 attacks during the ceremony. During the evening the public can view the Tribute in Light and the plaza is open to the public.

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

  • A hijacker flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the southwest corner of the Pentagon on 9/11, killing 184 people on board the plane and many more inside the building, which was heavily damaged. An important addition to the Pentagon grounds is the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, which sits on two acres of land right outside where the jetliner struck, and honors those who were lost.

Each year on 9/11, officially designated Patriot Day, we stand together again and proclaim,
“Never forget.”


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