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September 6, 2005 > Patriot Day

Patriot Day

by Linda Stone

On December 18, 2001, President Bush signed Public Law No: 107-89, designating September 11 as Patriot Day. State and local governments and the people of the United States are asked to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities to honor the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on that date in 2001.

The U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sundown, not just until noon as is done on Memorial Day. In addition, the people of the United States are asked to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in remembrance of the victims.

Last June New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the design for the 70 floor 1,776-foot-tall Freedom Tower to stand at the World Trade Center site. The tower was designed by architects Daniel Libeskind and David Childs and will include a 276-foot spire, bringing the total building height to 2,000 feet. The tower will be topped by wind-harvesting turbines that designers predict will provide 20 percent of the building's energy. When completed, estimated in 2008, it will be the tallest building in the world. Estimates for the building of the tower have been as high as $1.5 billion, or $1 million per 500 square feet.

The Tower will contain a public lobby, two concourse levels and retail stores; it will also provide pedestrian access to mass transit. More than 60 floors will house office space, capped by an indoor observation deck, a restaurant above that, and event space at its apex.

A competition was held to design a memorial at the World Trade Center site and 13,683 prospective participants from 94 nations and all 50 states registered to compete. Designers Michael Arad and Peter Walker presented the refined memorial design, Reflecting Absence, at a press conference at Federal Hall in January 2004.

"In its powerful, yet simple articulation of the footprints of the Twin Towers, 'Reflecting Absence' has made the voids left by the destruction the primary symbols of our loss. It is a memorial that expresses both the incalculable loss of life and its consoling renewal, a place where all of us come together to remember from generation to generation," said the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition Jury in a statement.

Reflecting Absence is a memorial to honor the 2,979 heroes lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. The memorial will ensure that future generations will know where the towers once stood and will never forget each individual life taken during those tragic days. The memorial will not only remember those killed, but it will celebrate the heroism that prevailed following the attacks, and the resolve of our nation to overcome.
Some of the memorial gatherings in the Tri-City area:

9/11 Memorial Service
Sunday, Sept. 11
9 a.m.
Fremont Community Church
39700 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 657-0123
Or visit

Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman, City Manager Fred Diaz and Fire Chief Bruce Martin will participate, video presentation from the Afghan Coalition of Fremont and guest speakers will reflect on their responses to the terrorist attack along with a music presentation. Child care will be provided.

9-11 Fund Raiser Fire & Police Memorial
Fremont Rodent Society
Sunday, Sept. 11
Cocktails at 2 p.m., barbeque at 4 p.m.
Massimo's Restaurant
5200 Mowry Ave., Fremont
(510) 792-2000
Ticket donation $25
50s theme car show and music

Sunday, Sept. 11
7:30 p.m.
Milpitas Civic Center Plaza & Community Center Amphitheater
457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
(408) 586-3210

Songs, readings and a walk through the lighted Flag Garden with 2,996 American flags. Light refreshments will be served following the memorial.

San Jose
Saturday & Sunday, Sept 10 & 11
8 p.m. (Sat), 2 p.m. (Sun)
The Domestic Crusaders
San Jose State University Theatre
5th Street & San Fernando, San Jose
(510) 228-6775

This play chronicles the cultural, political and religious conflicts of a fictional Muslim South Asian family living in post 9/11 America. These performances honor the fourth anniversary of September 11.

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