On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked and crashed commercial aircraft in New York City, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Thousands of Americans lost their lives in the attacks.
Mayor Andy White said, “As we all reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, the day American life was changed forever, we remember the heartbreaking tragedies of that day. We also remember the everyday heroes, those brave souls who faced the danger head-on, and the entire nation as we banded together in unity.”
The Mayor’s proclamation states that City Council “recognizes, commends, and will always seek to honor the selfless dedication, bravery, and sacrifice displayed as the front-line workers, first responders and volunteers who came to the aid of those in need. It pays tribute to the same qualities of those who rose to service in defense of the United States and honors the individuals who lost their lives or were injured in the attacks of September 11, 2001.”
On December 18, 2001, Congress designated September 11 as Patriot Day to be observed annually by the President of the United States. It requests flags of the United States at half-staff, and that a moment of silence be observed by Americans – many observing at 8:46 am eastern standard time – the time of the first attack at the World Trade Center. On April 21, 2009, Congress requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”
The Mayor’s proclamation also calls for “all people of the city of Maryville to continue to live their lives throughout the year with the same spirit of unity, service, and compassion that was exhibited throughout the United States following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and to observe September 11, 2021 as a “National Day of Service and Remembrance” and “Patriot Day” in the city of Maryville.”
“It is important for us as a nation to remember what we have overcome together and remember our common bond as Americans and as humans,” said Mayor White. “I will never forget, and I know the citizens of the city of Maryville won’t either. Let us all join in remembrance as we observe the twentieth anniversary of 9/11.”