Coming together as a community and showing strength — as so many heroes did that day — is one of the best ways to honor and remember the 2,977 killed on Sept. 11, 2001. That is what Patriot Day is all about — and the Patriot 5K run, held in multiple cities this month, is on a mission to make sure everyone knows about Patriot Day and what it means.
Patriot Day was designated on Sept. 11 as a way to remember, honor and mourn the people who lost their lives on that day in 2001. The U.S. flag should be flown at half-mast, and a moment of silence takes place at 8:46 a.m. EST marking the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center.
The following cities are participating in the Patriot Day 5K:
Dallas/Fort Worth: Sept. 14
Atlanta: Sept. 14
Philadelphia: Sept. 14
Austin: Sept. 21
San Antonio: Sept. 28
Houston: Sept. 28
Detroit: Sept. 28
Columbus, Ohio: Sept. 28
Sept. 11 is also a National Day of Service and Remembrance aimed to inspire citizens to engage in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual tribute to the Sept. 11 victims, survivors and those who "rose up in service in response to the attacks."
The Patriot 5K is working alongside six charities that will benefit from the runs: Voices of September 11th, The 9/12 Generation Project, Cancer Schmancer, Colon Cancer Alliance, Wounded Warrior and Jeep Safe Return.