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Breckenridge, along with the nation, observes Patriot Day

Breckenridge, along with the nation, observes Patriot Day
September 11
09:02 2019

Today, Sept. 11, is observed as Patriot Day in the United States in honor of those who died in the attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. Locally, the Rotary Club of Breckenridge has placed American flags on the main streets of the city and in Hubbard Creek Lake neighborhoods in recognition of the day.

Patriot Day was designated by President George W. Bush in the weeks following the 2001 attacks. On Dec. 18, 2001, he signed Resolution 71 into law (Public Law 107-89) designating September 11 of each year as Patriot Day, remembering those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. Prior to President Bush’s signing of the law, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously passed bills for the designation.

Although the day is an official observation, it is not a federal holiday. Therefore, government offices, banks and other businesses typically are not closed specifically for the day. However, according to the Patriot Day law, flags may be flown at half-staff and the people of the United States are requested “to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.”

For more information about Patriot Day, as well as information about the events of Sept. 11, 2001, including the victims’ names and information about the memorials, visit the U.S. Army’s Patriot Day page.

For more information about the Rotary Club’s flag program, click here to read the previous Breckenridge Texan article.

Above and top photo: Sherry and Les Strickland, members of the Rotary Club of Breckenridge, put out American flags early on the morning of Sept. 11, 2019, in recognition of Patriot Day. The day honors those who were killed in attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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