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.
Seventeen years ago, the national tragedy of September 11th changed our way of life and our nation’s safety and security. On this day, we remember and reflect on the thousands of Americans we lost on September 11, 2001. We honor all of the brave Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, firefighters, law enforcement personnel, first responders, and victims who sacrificed their lives to strengthen our will as one nation and remind us all about the power of freedom.
The DoDEA community will never forget. We will always remember their lives, their families, and their legacies. We are privileged to serve and educate military-connected children, whose parents make the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
Our country was built on resiliency and readiness, which is what we will continue to instill in our students. DoDEA remains ready to provide a quality education to every student, every day, and everywhere. Our collective strength commitment to the children of our Nation’s finest will never waver.
Moving forward, let’s continue to create a better future for our children while remembering those who brought us here. We will continue to meet today’s challenges and prepare for tomorrow’s opportunities.
Thomas M. Brady
Department of Defense Education Activity