By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), Congress designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and by Public Law 111-13 (April 21, 2009), Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."
A Presidential Proclamation each year calls 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. Americans are encouraged to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
DoDEA acknowledges -- with profound gratitude and appreciation -- all the brave, selfless heroes that tirelessly defend our freedom and make the great American educational experience possible.
It has been 16 years since the national tragedy of September 11th changed our way of life and our nation's safety and security. We remember and reflect on the thousands of Americans we lost on September 11, 2001. We honor the selfless Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, firefighters, law enforcement personnel and first responders who have paid the ultimate price to protect us, our freedom, and our way of life.
Within the DoDEA community, we will never forget. We will always remember. We honor their lives, their families, and their legacies. We are privileged to serve and educate military-connected children, whose parents' are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
As a country defined by our resiliency and readiness, DoDEA remains ready to providing a quality education to every student, every day, and everywhere. Our collective strength depends on our people and your commitment to Servicemembers' children is unwavering.
Let's continue to move forward to a better future while remembering those we lost. We will continue to meet today's challenges and prepare for tomorrow's opportunities.
Thomas M. Brady
Department of Defense Education Activity