Patriot Day falls on 11th ,also known as ‘Nine-Eleven, and is remembered globally as the anniversary of the catastrophic terrorist attacks on the USA of 11th September 2001.

This was the day four jet planes were hijacked and crashed into the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, causing the deaths of 2,977 people. The fourth plane (United Airlines Flight 93) was directed at Washington DC, but its passengers bravely attempted to take back control and it crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

In the wake of the World Trade Center collisions, many brave men and women from the emergency services risked their lives to try to help rescue victims of the attacks, and of them 411 lost their own lives attempting to fight fires and rescue people.

Patriot Day is recognized by US law as the official day of remembrance for these tragic events, and has been observed every year since. Each year on this day, American flags are flown at half-staff to honour and commemorate those lives lost.

Casper's Patriot Day ceremony will take place at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery at 11AM on September 11th. Participants include members of the Casper Fire Department, including Chief Kenny King, Chief Jim Wetzel of the Casper Police Department, the Casper NCHS ROTC unit, the Kelly Walsh Glee Club and others. The guest speaker is Colonel Jessie Kirchmeir, Chief of Staff, Wyoming National Guard.