In 2009 HB 274 was passed by the Hawaii State Legislature as Act 14. The measure was authored by State Representative John Mizuno, Chairman of the Human Services Committee, designing September 11th as “Patriot Day” in Hawaii to honor the victims of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia, and in rural Pennsylvania.
The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, was one of the deadliest and most damaging in the history of the United States. The destruction was enormous, the World Trade Center’s towers devastated by the two hijacked airplanes, the Pentagon partially destroyed by a third hijacked plane, a fourth plane crashed in rural Pennsylvania, and more than 3,000 people killed.
Rep. Mizuno explains that the purpose of the measure is to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and to acknowledge the bravery and heroism of those individuals who assisted in rescue efforts following the attacks. The measure is also to remind us to remain committed and united in defending our state and nation against terrorism.
“By designing September 11th as ‘Patriot Day’ we shall provide a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who perished on September 11, 2001, and also the vigilance that is needed to combat terrorism. I wanted to recognize and honor the victims and true heroism that was shown in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. The brave acts of the police officers, firefighters, emergency personnel, and ordinary citizens, truly define our citizens.” Stated Rep. Mizuno.
On May 1, 2011, President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda and the terrorist network behind the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States was killed in Pakistan.
“We will never forget our people we lost on that fateful day and as we approach the 10th anniversary of the attacks we continue to move steadfast against terrorism and united in support of our country,” said Rep. Mizuno.