National Day of Service and Remembrance

Amidst the tragedy of hurricane Harvey and Irma Hancock International College remembers the attacks on September 11th 2001. America has deemed this day as a time to reflect on what happened that fateful day 16 years ago, and our ESL students are encouraged to read more about it to further understand its impact on American history on says, “On October 25, 2001, the U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved. Resolution 71 requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as ‘Patriot Day’. President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89).

On this day, it is asked by the President that the American flag is flown at half-staff at individual American homes, the White House and on all United States government buildings and establishments at home and abroad. The President has also asked Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He also strongly encourages Americans to use the Corporation for National and Community Service to find and volunteer for service opportunities.

It was on September 10 of 2012 that President Obama issued a proclamation renaming the day as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, in reference to both Public Laws 107-89 and 111-13 (the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act).”


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Idiom of the Day

Long Memory

Meaning: A clear memory of events that happened long ago.

Example: My grandma has a long memory of her childhood in Canada. It’s astonishing hearing how things were when she was young!