Observe Patriot Day with Your Family

September 11th is known as Patriot Day, a time for Americans to observe the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that shaped American history. Although Patriot’s Day is not a federal holiday, there are a lot of ways to educate children, pay remembrance with neighbors, and take time for self-reflection.

How to Pay Remembrance

Across the country, flags will be flown at half-mast on Patriot Day. Also, many people take a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. You and your family can observe Patriot Day at home or take part in a local ceremony, candlelit vigil, or other service. However, this may look different this year due to COVID social distancing measures; do a quick search online to find a service near you.

How to Involve Kids

Engage your kids in Patriot Day activities. Find a list of free resources and activities to do here. This resource offers activities for all ages. Visit this site for more and activities and tips for talking to your kids about September 11th. The most important thing is that children know they can talk about September 11th and ask adults questions without judgment.

How to Support Neighbors

If you know anyone who’s family was forever impacted by 9/11, be sure to send a letter, flowers, or just let them know you are thinking about them. Homemade meals are a comforting way to share your condolences with others.

To observe Patriot Day, you can also donate at 911day.org. If you are interested in learning more about September 11th from home, you can find information from Library of Congress collection, an online exhibit from the National Museum of American History, and the September 11 Digital Archive.


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