President George W. Bush signed a law on Dec. 18, 2001, declaring every Sept. 11 Patriot Day.

Patriot Day is dedicated in memory of the nearly three thousand people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The day was originally called the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims Of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.

But on Sept. 4, 2002, Pres. Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed Sept. 11, 2002 as Patriot Day. He has continued to make similar declarations every year since.

At the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad, the United States flag is flown at half-staff under direct orders from the President.

The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time - the moment of the first plane crash on Sept. 11, 2001.

Whatever the day is named, it is a day that not very many Americans will ever forget. And as events of the day unfolded, most people were in a state of shock.

Glen Rose Mayor Pam Miller was working at Morgan School when a parent told her what was happening.

“I was here at school and I remember having a parent call and tell us about it,” Miller said. “Everyone was in shock. How were we going to tell the kids? And I knew people who lived in Pennsylvania. It was just so scary.”

Wayne Rotan, now the superintendent for Glen Rose ISD, was at Forsan High School on that day.

“I can remember I was standing in the high school office and a parent told me a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center,” Rotan said.

He had the same initial reaction many people had. He thought it was just a terrible and tragic accident. But then he turned on the radio and heard the second tower had been hit, then the Pentagon, and then another plane crash in Pennsylvania.

“I can remember the fear that I had,” Rotan said. “My first reaction was keeping the 400 students on campus calm and informed. The students knew something was wrong because I wasn’t smiling anymore. I kept wondering what would happen next and when it would all stop. And I kept worrying about the kids.”

Somervell County Sheriff Greg Doyle wasn’t the county sheriff yet, but he remembers the day clearly.

“I remember that day - being shocked and surpirsed. I didn’t know what would happen next. I was shocked that we were that vulnerable,” Doyle said. “It was just such a helpless feeling. All you could do was watch and wait for what would happen next. Then I was angry. It really upsets you as an American for someone to come on to your soil and attack you.”

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