[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 178 (Friday, September 13, 2013)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 56807-56810]
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[FR Doc No: 2013-22521]

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Vol. 78


No. 178

September 13, 2013

Part III

The President


Proclamation 9015--Patriot Day and National Day of Service and 
Remembrance, 2013

                        Presidential Documents 

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 9015 of September 10, 2013

Patriot Day and National Day of Service and 
                Remembrance, 2013

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Twelve years ago this month, nearly three thousand 
                innocent men, women, and children lost their lives in 
                attacks meant to terrorize our Nation. They had been 
                going about their day, harming no one, when sudden 
                violence struck. We will never undo the pain and 
                injustice borne that terrible morning, nor will we ever 
                forget those we lost.

                On September 11, 2001, amid shattered glass, twisted 
                steel, and clouds of dust, the spirit of America shone 
                through. We remember the sacrifice of strangers and 
                first responders who rushed into darkness to carry 
                others from danger. We remember the unbreakable bonds 
                of unity we felt in the long days that followed--how we 
                held each other, how we came to our neighbors' aid, how 
                we prayed for one another. We recall how Americans of 
                every station joined together to support the survivors 
                in their hour of need and to heal our Nation in the 
                years that followed.

                Today, we can honor those we lost by building a Nation 
                worthy of their memories. Let us also live up to the 
                selfless example of the heroes who gave of themselves 
                in the face of such great evil. As we mark the 
                anniversary of September 11, I invite all Americans to 
                observe a National Day of Service and Remembrance by 
                uniting in the same extraordinary way we came together 
                after the attacks. Like the Americans who chose 
                compassion when confronted with cruelty, we can show 
                our love for one another by devoting our time and 
                talents to those in need. I encourage all Americans to 
                visit www.Serve.gov, or www.Servir.gov for Spanish 
                speakers, to find ways to get involved in their 

                As we serve and remember, we reaffirm our ties to one 
                another. On September 11, 2001, no matter where we came 
                from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity 
                we were, we were united as one American family. May the 
                same be said of us today, and always.

                By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 
                (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated 
                September 11 of each year as ``Patriot Day,'' and by 
                Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the 
                Congress has requested the observance of September 11 
                as an annually recognized ``National Day of Service and 

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 
                11, 2013, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service 
                and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, 
                and instrumentalities of the United States to display 
                the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot 
                Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in 
                honor of the individuals who lost their lives on 
                September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the 
                United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and 
                interested organizations and individuals to join in 
                this observance. I call upon the people of the United 
                States to participate in community service in honor of 
                those our Nation lost, to observe this day with 
                appropriate ceremonies and activities, including 
                remembrance services, and to observe a moment of 
                silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern

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                Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who 
                perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of 
                September 11, 2001.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
                    (Presidential Sig.)

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