Commemorating Patriot Day

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

This Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that took place on 9-11-2001.

While it is hard to fathom that this tragic event took place more than a decade ago, the horror of that day is forever etched in our minds. It is also a day that forever unites us as Americans.

We now commemorate the lives lost, as well as the courage and bravery displayed that day by observing Sept. 11 as “Patriot Day.”

First proclaimed by President George W. Bush, Patriot Day is a day set aside to honor the memory of the victims and heroes of the attacks on 9-11.

That Tuesday morning 11 years ago, we witnessed one of the greatest losses of life in our nation’s history. In the following days, weeks and months, our emotions evolved from shock and sadness to anger and resolve. While we mourned the loss of life and honored the heroism, a renewed patriotic spirit rippled across the country.

It is a testament to the greatness of our country that when our liberty was attacked, we came together as a people and rose to meet the challenge.

This Sept. 11, I encourage you to thank the courageous members of our military who continue to fight to preserve freedom. I also encourage you to join me as we remember those who lost their lives at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and in southwestern Pennsylvania.

We must also acknowledge the brave men and women who became heroes due to their extraordinary courage. As we remember the selflessness of the passengers of United 93, who made the ultimate sacrifice to prevent further tragedy, we must also honor the fearless first responders who selflessly ran into the towers to save lives.

In honor of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and to our firefighters, police officers and brave soldiers who protect our communities and nation every day, I urge you to join me in observing Patriot Day on Tuesday, Sept. 11.


Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.