Many innocent and heroic lives were lost on September 11, 2001, a day that will never be forgotten. In December 2001, President Bush signed into law a resolution to name September 11 Patriot Day, to honor those who lost their lives. Then, in 2012, President Obama issued a proclamation to rename September 11 as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Today, flags will be flown at half-staff, and we are encouraged to observe a moment of silence for all the lives lost. We are also encouraged to volunteer and do service today in honor of those who went above and beyond their call of duty to try and save others that day. You can use the Corporation for National and Community Service to find volunteer/service work here in Hawaii!
Today is another reason to appreciate our country and each other. Since September 11, 2001, America has vowed to move forward as a strong, united front. To this day, we are still inspired by the courageous actions and stories of people trying to save others on 9/11. Now, it is our turn to help our community and be an inspiration to others!