Statement

September 11: Patriot Day

Topic
Year Published
  • 2017
Language
  • English

Reflections and Resources

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Pope Benedict prays at ground zero in 2008. CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec.9/11: The Catholic Church Remembers

911. For years, those numbers simply meant a call for help. Now they also remind us of September 11, 2001, the date of the worst terrorist attack on the United States of America and one of the deadliest days ever on American soil. To mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in 2011, we gathered reflections and remembrances from clergy who ministered to victims and their families, and others who were impacted by the tragedy.

In October 2001, the United States Congress passed a joint resolution designating that every September 11th be observed as "Patriot Day."  The resolution requests that  U.S. government entities and interested organizations and individuals display the flag of the United States at half staff on Patriot Day and that the people of the United States observe a moment of silence  in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  

Below are links to liturgical resources for the observance of Patriot Day, bishops' statements and other materials for reading and reflection.

In 2009, a presidential proclamation declared that  Patriot Day is also a "National Day of Service."  The proclamation calls on Americans to "participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with other ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services ... to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001."   

Liturgical Resources

Essays on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Bishops' Statements and other Resources

NEW: Author Finds One World Trade Center a Witness to Nation's Spirit

Videos

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