11 September

On 11 September each year, you can see the national flags at the White house and on all U.S. government buildings flown at half-mast in memory of those who died in the September 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia, as well as victims in the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania and those who sacrificed (10) their lives in attempts to rescue people trapped by the attacks. Although Patriot day is not a national holiday (school and businesses stay open), a number of memorial ceremonies take place all over the country and Americans put up national flags outside their homes and hold a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 AM when the first aircraft hit the World Trade Center.

Šárka Valášková

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