Tuesday is Patriot Day. This day is observed in memory of the people who lost their lives on September 11th 2001 in Washington, DC, New York City and Pennsylvania.
I visited New York City on September 13, 2001 with my friends Cris and Alvin. To write this post, I went into my closet and dug my old pictures out of a shoebox.
It is hard to put Patriot Day into words. It is a day for togetherness, for service and remembering everyday people that lost their lives on a brilliant, beautiful September morning.
New York is called the city that never sleeps. There were people everywhere. Jogging. Walking their dog. Living their life. And there were people like me, who just wanted to be there.
This is the beginning of Patriot Day right here.
On Patriot Day, we put out our flag, we remember those that lost their lives on 9/11.
My pictures are a poor way of showing how enormous the sense of community is in New York City.
The events of 9/11 only brought all of us closer together.
Patriot Day is part of our American story. For a list of events in the Phoenix area, follow this link.
Some people spend Patriot Day as a day of service. Some people go to community events. I will take my boys to Gilbert to see our own 9/11 memorial.
P.S. More information on the Chandler dedication here: Chandler will dedicate a steel beam from the ruins of the World Trade Center during a memorial service on Sept. 11 to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The city is inviting the public to the 30-minute event that will include Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Fire Chief Jeff Clark and Police Chief Sherry Kiyler.
The event will include the unveiling of a memorial that includes a 417-pound section of I-beam that is more than five feet long, and that had been on display for several months inside the Fire Department headquarters. The memorial was designed with feedback from fire personnel and incorporates elements that represent the attacks on the Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania field where Flight 93 crashed.
For more information, (480) 782-2120 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/fire.