Photo Source: The Memo Blog.
This special blog post is not about beading, but it is about building a community. Today we at artbeads.com would like to pay tribute to Patriot Day. Whether you live in America or not, this is an important and relatively new holiday that should be commemorated. Not many people know that September 11 has become recognized as a national holiday, so I thought I would share some information about how this holiday came into being.
Patriot Day is observed on September 11th, and was signed into law December 18, 2001 as a day to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks that day. To honor those lost, Americans should fly their flags at half-staff and pause for a moment of silence.
On September 11, 2001, two hijacked civilian planes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third hijacked aircraft crashed into the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. and a forth hijacked aircraft crashed in a field in southwestern Pennsylvania after passengers tried to take control of the aircraft in order to prevent the hijackers from crashing at their intended location in Washington, D.C.
Photo Source: obit-mag.com.
Now, ten years later, a memorial is being put in place of the Twin Towers in New York. This site will feature outdoor memorial pools where the two buildings once stood, each covering an acre of land. It will also feature an underground museum that sits between the two pools which will house memorabilia from that day, including two large pieces of the original towers. This important piece will sit inside the atrium at its front entrance.
The site will officially open to the public tomorrow, but those who lost family members will get a special viewing of the site today. The museum is scheduled to open September 2012, so visitors can explore everything next year. You can read more about the 9/11 Memorial by visiting their website.
Out of the ashes of this tragedy rises a day of celebration, when neighbors and friends rally together as one community to serve their nation. Although the innocent lives lost should never be forgotten, do not mourn on this day. Celebrate your freedom, your honor, your strength and your patriotism.