Rick Peterson

We came together 19 years ago

For What It's Worth

If you are like me, the events of Sept. 11, 19 years ago, will be at the forefront of your thoughts Friday.

Officially the day is now called “Patriot Day” as a national observance to honor the memory of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

It was first observed in 2002 after the proclamation by President George W. Bush.

In 2009, president Barack Obama rededicated it as “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.” The day is not a legal holiday, however, so government offices, educational institutions and business do not close on this day.

On Patriot Day the national flag is flown at half-staff on all United States government buildings and establishments.

Private residents and businesses are encouraged to do so as well. The flag at our house will be at half-staff for sure.

A moment of silence is traditionally observed at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first tower was attacked.

So please take a moment on Friday and reflect back to that day and then remember those who lost their lives, those who were injured and those who died trying to recue the victims.

Now, remember how we came together as a country. Wouldn’t it be great if we could do that again?

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