Twenty-two years later, the date of September 11th remains a somber, tragic mark on American history. On the day of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, 72 police officers from New York and New Jersey rushed to serve their citizens, giving their lives in the process. Other heroes have followed after, succumbing to illnesses resulting from rescue and recovery efforts.
Every one of them acted courageously, sacrificing themselves so that others might survive. Their bravery continues to inspire new members of law enforcement, many of whom may have made their decision to enter the police force after seeing such valor.
As a law enforcement officer, you put your life on the line every single day. Those who love you know the personal triumphs and tragedies that you’ve faced, and how those affect you long after they’ve happened.
That’s what makes Patriot Day so important in our country - it’s a day that citizens with and without loved ones in law enforcement remember and recognize the incredible amount of responsibility and fortitude of those who died on September 11th, reminding them of what every law enforcement officer must be prepared to do should such a tragedy occur again.
On this Patriot Day and every one after, we at Curtis Blue Line honor all who served their communities and their country on the terrible day of September 11, 2001.
How Can I Pay My Respects on Patriot Day?
You can participate in honoring the fallen by flying your American flag at half-mast and observing a moment of silence at 8:46 AM Eastern, the time at which the first tower was struck.
*Top two photographs contributed by Amy Krause