Patriot Day - September 11, 2003
September 11, 2003 will mark our nation's second observance of Patriot Day. In December 2001, the U.S. Congress designated this day to honor and remember the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Patriot Day will be commemorated with activities such as remembrance events, candlelight vigils and moments of silence. Many events will pay tribute to the heroic acts and sacrifices of first responders including firefighters, rescue and law enforcement personnel. In the event of a tragedy, whether a terrorist attack or natural disaster, our country relies on the skills of first responders to manage the crisis and provide for our safety. As Patriot Day is observed around the country, is highlighting a few of the benefit programs available to the September 11 victims and their families, and our nation's first responders.

For information on how you can be more prepared for a terrorist attack, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Web site If you are interested in volunteer opportunities to help your community in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster, visit the Citizen Corps Web site.

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

This program provides compensation to any individual who was physically injured as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes on September 11, 2001, and compensation to the personal representative of deceased victims of these events. For more information visit

First Responder Counter-Terrorism Training Assistance

The First Responder Counter-Terrorism Training Assistance Program provides training to enhance the capabilities of first responders in managing the consequences of terrorist acts. For more information visit