Friday September 10, 2010
What is it?
President G.W. Bush proclaimed September 11, as Patriot Day. On this day the American flag is flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments home and abroad and a moment of silence begins at 8:46 a.m. EDT, the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
What has the Army done?
The Army follows the traditions of the Defense Department with senior Army leadership participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial on Saturday, September 11 at 9:00 a.m. The Secretary of Defense and the president are expected to attend. G-1 and The Pentagon Memorial will be open Monday - Sunday, 24 hours and available for personal reflection. Many events and activities will be held a numerous Army installations to remember those who died on that day and to remind our Army community to always be prepared for similar actions against our nation. Please see the Patriot Day site on Army.mil.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
This year saw the institution of the Army's first Antiterrorist Month in August. That important program along with Ready Army provides the tools necessary to increase awareness of the terrorist threat as well as ensure they are prepared for any eventuality. Ready Army is an ongoing major initiative that provides educational materials and information that helps our communities and our families with an increased understanding of what "being prepared" really means.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army cannot afford to become complacent where terrorrism is concerned. Therefore, in addition to celebrating Patriot Day on the 11th, National Preparedness Month runs in September. That campaign encourages the entire Army community to ensure they are ready by having a plan in place and a "kit" of supplies in case of potential disaster. It also highly recommends that Soldiers and their families stay informed by becoming familiar with their local first responders' disaster action plans for the schools, churches, businesses, hospitals and other entities in their surrounding communities.
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"…On this observance of Patriot Day 2010, we ask that every member if the Army family pause to remember those victims, our fallen comrades, the survivors and the families who were profoundly affected by the events that day."
"9/11 means thinking of those that went before me, for the veterans that have fought in the Global War on Terrorism since that day. It means not giving up, it means being there for Soldiers and families, and everybody that is associated with our efforts as an Army."
- Retd. Sgt. 1st Class Walter Wood, was working for the Army's Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, when the terrorists attacked the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
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