Patriot Day is an annual observance of those who were injured or lost their lives during the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks on the United States.
What do people do?On the direction of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings in the whole world. The flag should be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many people observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM EDT. This marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center.
Because Patriot Day is not a federal holiday, schools and businesses do not close in observance of the occasion. Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special church services or prayer meetings. People who personally experienced the events in 2001 or lost loved ones in them, may lay flowers or visit memorials.