Today, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring September 11, 2023, as Patriot Day in the State of California.
Twenty-two years ago today, Americans watched in horror as terrorists attacked our nation, claiming nearly 3,000 lives and irrevocably changing our world.
On this solemn anniversary, we commemorate all those who perished in the attacks of 9/11 and honor the bravery of the first responders and ordinary individuals who rushed into danger to assist others.
On Patriot Day, we also honor the selfless men and women who gave their lives fighting the war on terrorism that followed. In the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, 776 Californians were among the more than 7,000 Americans who died defending our democracy and freedoms.
Locally we’re remembering and honoring the day in different ways. While many of the nation’s Police and Firefighters have their own ceremonies, there are also community events that welcome all.
There is a large ceremony happening at the California 9/11 Memorial in Clovis, and if you have driven by Clovis West High School you may have seen this.
No matter how you choose to do so, please take a moment today to reflect and remember those that perished in the terror attacks as well as those who responded.
National Day of Service and Remembrance
Today is also referred to as “National Day of Service”. It’s a federally-recognized National Day of Service that happens in the United States on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Originally founded by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed, the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance later became federally recognized and authorized as a Day of Service passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which was adopted on a bipartisan basis by the U.S. Congress in 2009. Later that year, President Barack Obama amended the Patriot Day Presidential Proclamation, first established by President George W. Bush, officially designating September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
“So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart.”– Billy Collins – the final line from the poem, “The Names“, US poet laureate Billy Collins’ ode to the victims of the 9/11 attack.