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    In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the nearly three thousand who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks. However, most Americans refer to the day as "Nine-Eleven (9/11)", "September 11th", or some variation thereof.
    U.S. House Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day." President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89). It is a discretionary day of remembrance.
    Initially, the day was called the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims Of the Terrorist Attacks.
    On September 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day. He has continued to make similar declarations every year since.
    On this day, the President directs that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff and displayed from individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time) marking the first plane crash on Sept. 11, 2001.
    Some countries have also shared Patriot Day with the U.S. as well. For example, in Canada, the prime minister orders flags on the Peace Tower (in Ottawa on Parliament Hill) and on all Canadian diplomatic missions in the U.S be flown at half-staff.
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    It's taken me some time to get up the courage to respond in writing - from my heart - to anything about nine eleven.

    On that day like all the rest of any school day I was volunteering in my sons school. He had just started fifth grade a few weeks prior and I was with the librarian helping her organize lists for accelerated reading. For some reason we had the tv on in her office. I can remember watching the Today show and how they were reporting that an airplane must have been in trouble and may have hit one of the Twin Towers. And I can remember watching in shock when the second one hit the other tower. Then it was a blur.

    My husband is from New York and had several long time childhood friends working in the towers. We had met in the D.C. area and both had friends that worked at the Pentagon as well. We had long ago relocated in Pennsylvania by then. There are several times on this anniversary that I have to take a very deep breath and be thankful that everyone we knew were safe that day. For some strange reason each of them stayed home, had doctors appointments or had other things they attended to that day. Not one of them was on site during the attacks. I cannot tell you how thankful I am each September 11th for that outcome or how devastating it is to know how many people were lost and consequently how many families are still lost because of what happened.

    On this day above all days in our country - hug your loved ones - and pray for those that work to keep our country free. And above all appreciate each and every day.

    I have dedicated my twespace today to the remembrance of how free our country still is.
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    September 11, 2001:

    I got up early, took the dogs out, fed them breakfast, took a shower, dug out my good clothes, loaded Ares in the car and headed out. About a half hour later, with a stop on the way for a buttered roll and a cup of coffee, and I was at Purina Farms. It was Corgi Nationals, Ares was entered in obedience that day. Novice A. His first time in the ring. My first time in the ring. I was very nervous. He was reacting to my nervousness.

    It is an hour earlier in Gray Summit, Mo. By the time the new was first heard, the show was under way, I was walking around with Ares, people were still arriving with their dogs and their gear and someone pulled into the parking lot and said, "Oh my God, we're under attack!" People stopped, people turned, people looked, people continued setting up their grooming tables, their chairs, their ex-pens, their crates, exercising their dogs, grooming their dogs. Some quiet activity in and around the rings.

    Sometime in the middle of the morning, an official announcement was made by the show committee. The show came to a sudden halt. People frozen to their spot, looking around the grounds for any sign of a familiar or friendly face. I found one. Joan. I ran over, Ares with me, and she wrapped her arms around me and I cried. Ares wondered what was wrong and had he done something to upset me.

    Everyone gradually collected them as the initial shock diminished. Went back to their dogs, back to their grooming, back to their exercising, back to the rings. The show must go on.

    That evening, watching the news at home, trying desperately to reach my mom, my sister, anyone. Worried. A thousand miles from home, all my friends and family in and near New York City.

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