By Associate Regional Editor Sherri Lonon
It’s been 12 years since terrorists launched a coordinated attack on American soil, rocking the country and its people to the core.
Nearly 3,000 people perished Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City, Washington, D.C., and in a field just outside of Shanksville, Pa.
While Tampa Bay joins communities across the country in marking the anniversary of the attacks with moments of silence, patriotic displays and other observances, a national holiday isn’t on the books.
Although President Barack Obama and Congress have declared Sept. 11 as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in the past, an actual national holiday complete with a day off, a halt to mail service and other fanfare hasn’t been put on the books.
In all fairness, it took years for Congress to make Veterans Day an official holiday. The first Veterans Day proclamation came in 1954courtesy of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, but it wasn’t until 1971 that the United States declared it an official holiday.
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