Senior Airman Danielle Todman (left) and Airman 1st Class Kyle Detwiler post the colors during the Patriot Day Ceremony on Sept. 11, 2009, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo)

9/11 victims remembered today

Today, Americans across the nation will pause to remember those killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks that left 2,977 dead and pushed the United States into the war on terror.

U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71, approved on Oct. 25, 2001, and signed into law two months later, designated Sept. 11 as a national day of remembrance for the victims of the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, and for those aboard United Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, Pa. On Sept. 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed Sept. 11, 2002, as Patriot Day.

It is requested that the American flag fly at half staff, and that Americans observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. EDT, the time in which the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

To read this year’s presidential proclamation regarding Patriot Day, click here.

Several American Legion posts either have been or are participating in remembrance ceremonies. Clink the on links below for more information.

Gallatin Post 14, Bozeman, Mont.

Post 57, Elgin, Ill.

Post 244, West Brookfield, Mass.

Post 22, Corsicana, Texas

Frank Gallino Post 130, Grass Valley, Calif.

Cpl. George D. Matthews Post 288, Coinjock, N.C.

Laguna Beach American Legion 222, Laguna Beach, Calif.