“Five years from the date of the attack that changed our world, we’ve come back to remember the valor of those we lost—those who innocently went to work that day and the brave souls who went in after them. We have also come to be ever mindful of the courage of those who grieve for them, and the light that still lives in their hearts.”
—Rudolph Giuliani (2006)
“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”
—President Obama (2011)
It’s one of those moments frozen in time.
Almost every American can remember where they were on September 11, 2001.
Patriot Day gives all of us time to reflect on the devastating terror attacks. We commemorate those we lost and give thanks to the brave first responders who put their lives on the line. Try to take a moment today to consider what we stand for as a nation and how we can work together to make the world a better place for all.
How to Observe Patriot Day
Donate your time or talents
September 11 is an ideal day to seek out opportunities to give back to your community. Any act of kindness will do. Uniting with others to do good is a beautiful act of remembrance.
Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum
This remarkable museum near the site offers a variety of exhibits and experiences. Visitors can tour the museum to view artifacts, archives and multimedia displays.
Make a donation
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund continues to help families, while the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund provides assistance to communities affected by disaster. Donate to a shelter or rescue operation to honor the many search-and-rescue dogs who assisted.
Why Patriot Day is Important
From subway workers who rushed people away from the scene, to the residents of Newfoundland who sheltered the occupants of diverted planes, we learned so much about the kindness of people. So many showed incredible bravery, compassion, and generosity during one of America's most difficult periods.
Just as we commend the bravery of the first responders and the helpers, we must keep alive the memories of those who perished. Let's celebrate their lives, and make sure they’re never forgotten.
The new One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan stands as a symbol that we can pick ourselves up and rebuild — even during the worst of times.