President Donald Trump signed a proclamation declaring Monday, September 11, 2017 as “Patriot Day”, and lauded the courage and heroism of the many ordinary citizens and first responders displayed that day. He also called on Americans to pray for everyone fighting terrorism in the United States and abroad.
“On Patriot Day,” the proclamation reads, “we honor the nearly 3,000 innocent lives taken from us on September 11, 2001, and all of those who so nobly aided their fellow citizens in America’s time of need. We rededicate ourselves to the ideals that define our country and unite us as one, as we commemorate all the heroes who lost their lives saving others.”
The declaration goes on to affirm: “The events of September 11, 2001, did not defeat us. They did not rattle us. They, instead, have rallied us, as leaders of the civilized world, to defeat an evil ideology that preys on innocents and knows nothing but violence and destruction.”
The President also made reference to current events, mentioning the recent display of heroism in the wake of hurricane Harvey and what will undoubtedly unfold during Irma.
“The spirit of service and self-sacrifice that Americans so nobly demonstrated on September 11, 2001, is evident in the incredible response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The same spirit of American patriotism we movingly witnessed on September 11th has filled our hearts as we again see the unflinching courage, compassion, and generosity of Americans for their neighbors and countrymen. The service members and first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and in the years of service since would be proud of what we have all witnessed over these last three weeks and what will undoubtedly unfold in the coming months of recovery. By protecting those in need, by taking part in acts of charity, service, and compassion, and by giving back to our communities and country, we honor those who gave their lives on and after September 11, 2001.”
President Trump has also declared September 8th, 9th, and 10th as days of prayer leading up to Patriot Day.