Five states other than Massachusetts celebrate Patriots’ Day: Maine (where it is Patriot’s Day), Florida, Wisconsin, Connecticut and North Dakota. Wisconsin became the third state to proclaim Patriots’ Day in 2001. It celebrates it every April 19, though it isn’t a legal holiday in the state.
Twenty-two years ago — on September 11, 2001 — 2,977 precious lives were stolen from us in attacks of deliberate evil on our Nation. On the National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, we come together to renew our sacred vow: Never forget. Never forget the parents, children, spouses, friends, and loved ones we lost that day. Never forget the heroes who stepped up to rescue their fellow Americans and help our communities rebuild in the hours — and years — thereafter. And never forget our obligation to honor their memories and service by building a safer and more secure future for all.