In somber remembrance of 9/11, President Barack Obama has called on all government departments to lower the flag at half-staff and encourage all citizens to observe Sept. 11 as Patriot Day.
Since 2009, Sept. 11 has been recognized as a day of service and remembrance for those who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center 11 years ago.
Everyone is encouraged on Sept. 11 to take part in a volunteer service to better their community or to support soldiers overseas.
Obama also calls on citizens to observe a moment of silence Tuesday 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to remember the thousands of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
Today, as we remember the victims, their families, and the heroes who stood up during one of our country's darkest moments, I invite all Americans to reclaim that abiding spirit of compassion by serving their communities in the days and weeks ahead. From volunteering with a faith-based organization, to collecting food and clothing for those in need, to preparing care packages for our men and women in uniform, there are many ways to bring service into our everyday lives -- and each of us can do something. To get involved and find a local service opportunity, visit www.Serve.gov, or www.Servir.gov for Spanish speakers.
Even the simplest act of kindness can be a way to honor those we have lost, and to help build stronger communities and a more resilient Nation. By joining together on this solemn anniversary, let us show that America's sense of common purpose need not be a fleeting moment, but a lasting virtue--not just on one day, but every day.
The Monrovia Fire Department held a flag ceremony at the city's main fire station Tuesday morning.