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