PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College hosted a Patriot Day ceremony in Prestonsburg on Thursday.
Patriot Day is a day of remembrance of the September 11, 2001 attacks of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and in Shanksville, Penn. that killed 2,977 people.
A bill to make September 11 a national day of mourning was introduced in the U.S. House on October 25, 2001, by Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) with 22 co-sponsors. The bill requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as Patriot Day. Joint Resolution 71 passed the House by a vote of 407–0, with 25 members not voting. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on November 30, 2001. President Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18 as Pub.L. 107–89. On September 4, 2002, Bush used the authority of the resolution to proclaim September 11, 2002, as the first Patriot Day.
Big Sandy Community and Technical College held additional ceremonies at its Pikeville and Mayo campuses.
Dr. Nancy B. Johnson, provost of BSCTC, was keynote speaker at a ceremony on the Prestonsburg campus.