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Patriot Day

Friday, September 10, 2021

What is it?

On Patriot Day, the Army and nation continue to honor, recognize and remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives during the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Sept. 11 was designated as Patriot Day by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law on Dec. 18, 2001 and in 2009 was designated as National Day of Service and Remembrance by Congress.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

Sept. 11, 2021, marks the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. In 2001, after the attacks, the Regular Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve responded immediately to secure the homeland.

Army personnel working at the Pentagon rescued and assisted coworkers. Eight thousand National Guard personnel activated in New York, provided traffic control and security, removed debris and established shelters for response teams. The National Guard continued to support response efforts by securing airports and other potential targets of terrorism across the nation.

In the post-Sept. 11 era, the Army continues building on those experiences, relying on strong leadership, the commitment and courage of its people, and their ability to quickly adapt to changing security threats in defense of America.

What continued efforts are planned for the future?

The Army, through perseverance and resolve, will remain strong, resilient and committed to protecting America and its freedoms.

The Army will continue to honor, recognize and remember those who lost their lives, the friends and families they left behind, and the people who serve this nation.

The Army continues to build on its long history of success, adaptation and strong leadership to confront and defeat diverse threats to the nation. America’s Army is the Strength of the Nation, and the men and women in uniform will continue to epitomize resiliency, strength and commitment to the country. The diversity of the force makes our Army stronger and more capable.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army honors the memories of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and pays tribute to all the patriots and their families who have sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom.

As a nation, the events of Sept. 11, 2001, will never be forgotten. The spirit and resolve of Americans unified the nation. Men and women of all backgrounds continue to selflessly serve this great nation, ready to deploy, fight and win decisively against any adversary, anytime and anywhere.

As the current generation, born after the Sept. 11 attacks, answers the call to service, it is vital that these young Soldiers understand this part of the nation’s history and recognize the sacrifice of those lost on Sept. 11, and in the global “war on terror.”


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Focus Quote for the Day

The attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, remind us of the true strength of our nation and our military. You are a reflection of what makes us the best Army in the world.

— Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. James C. McConville