Patriot Day: A time to remember, a time to prepare
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"On September 11, 2009, we ask that all members of the Army family pause to remember our fallen comrades, the survivors, and the families who were so profoundly affected by the events of that day." View the complete 2009 Senior Leader Patriot Day Message
View the complete 2009 Senior Leader Patriot Day Message
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer
"Being a drill sergeant takes a lot out of you. It’s mentally draining. But you have to put all of that aside and come train."
- Staff Sgt. James Johnson, a drill sergeant with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, training for a shot at glory in the upcoming 2009 Army Combatives Tournament
Combatives team gears up for all-Army contest
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
- Early Bird News Site
- Information Papers with "2009 Army Posture Statement"
- Stories of Valor
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- 2009 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2009 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
2009 Commemorations :
Year of the NCO
Year of the Military Family
100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant
National Preparedness Month
Sept. 11: Patriot Day
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 18: POW/MIA Recognition Day
Sept. 27: Gold Star Mother's Day
Patriot Day: A time to remember, a time to prepare
What is it?
On September 11, 2001 nearly 3,000 people were lost on a single day -- a day that is remembered as the worst attack on American soil. Every year on September 11, which was designated as Patriot Day on December 18, 2001, we remember those who lost their lives and the people they left behind.
Patriot Day is a time for reflection. It is a time to remember the brave first responders who risked their lives to save others. It is a time to remember the Pentagon workers who survived the events of September 11th but were still profoundly affected. But it is mostly time for us to remember those people who are no longer with us because of that horrible day.
What has the Army done?
Since the attacks of September 11, many programs have been launched across the nation and in the Army to help educate our internal and external communities on the importance of being prepared for terrorist attacks as well as natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. The Army has a robust antiterrorism program and has just launched a strategic plan that serves as a guide on antiterrorism for the entire Army community.
The Army also has in place a major initiative called Ready Army. The goal of this program is to provide educational materials and information that helps our communities and our families with an increased understanding of what "being prepared" really means.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to provide assistance to all of its members the tools necessary to increase awareness of the terrorist threat as well as ensure they are prepared for any eventuality. There are numerous Web sites and printed materials that can assist with antiterrorism, safety and disaster preparedness and all in the Army community, military civilians and family members must take time to become familiar with them.
Why is this important to the Army?
Americans' concern about terrorism is nearing a five-year low and although there is no specific intelligence indicating a repeat of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th, the threat remains significant both domestically and abroad. A successful terrorist attack on or near that fateful day would be a major symbolic terrorist victory and produce negative political, socio-economic, and psychological results to the United States. By constant vigilance we can prevent that possibility.
Patriot Day Web page
STAND-TO! Anti-Terrorism Awareness (August 21, 2009)
Related article: Army unveils new Antiterrorism Strategic Plan
ABOUT THE ARMY
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- Essay winner asserts change needed in NCO education (ARMY)
- Gov 2.0: Army announces apps for Army competition (IW)
- Obama facing doubts within his own party on Afghanistan (NYT)
- Doubt raised on troop boost in Afghanistan war (LAT)
- Lighter body armor for Afghanistan to be delayed (S&S)
- Al Qaeda 'determined' foe despite losses (WT)
- Security progress continues in Iraq, despite attacks (AFIS)
- Opinion: 9/11 and the 'good war' (WSJ)
- President to remember victims of 9/11 attacks (AT)
- 9/11 Pentagon victims recall their journey of survival (ARMY)
- 9/11 hero, Vietnam veteran to be honored next to World Trade Center steel (ARMY)
- Pentagon civilians reflect on 9/11 at year-old memorial (ARMY)
- Calif. lawmaker pushes for valor award review (AT)
- Former Army nurse discusses 8 months spent with Saddam Hussein (Fox)
- U.S. risks being sucked into Yemen civil war (LDT)
- Al-Qaida faces recruitment crisis, anti-terrorism experts say (GRD)
- Top Taliban arrested in Pakistan (BBC)
- Photos of '9/11 plotter' hit web (BBC)
- U.S. rejects Iran nuclear proposals (BBC)
- Zardari rejects Obama’s AfPak strategy (FT)
- Commentary: Why a lethal surprise like 9/11 may happen again (Haaretz)
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