Patriot Day: A National Day of Service and Remembrance

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September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy in New York City. This day is recognized as a tribute to those who passed away or were injured, as well as honoring first responders and defenders of our nation’s freedom.

An annual ceremony takes place at Ground Zero, also known as One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western hemisphere, rebuilt on the footprint of the original towers. The memorial includes a reading of the names of nearly 3,000 individuals whose lives were suddenly taken, as well as six minutes of silence: two minutes for the moments each tower was hit, two minutes when each fell, one minute for the Pentagon crash and one minute for the crash of flight 93, noting a time for remembrance, hope, resilience and the unity of the United States.

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