My experience in Spain was invaluable. I will keep in my mind the things I have learned for the rest of my life. There were a few things that threw me off at first. For example, the people in Malaga never moved out of the way on the street. I at first thought they were a little rude. But these same people were also incredibly helpful. Once I was looking around with a map in my hand and one person, who actually looked very busy, stopped walking and spent five minutes explaining where I was and where I had to go. I later found this was regular behavior. If asked for directions, the people always helped and always made sure you understood. However, be wary of the Spanish saying “cinco minutos mas” or “un kilometro mas o menos.” More often than not, this turns into a twenty minute or four kilometer walk.


In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as "Nine-Eleven (9/11)," "September Eleventh," or some variation thereof.

U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It 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. It is a discretionary day of remembrance.

Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.

On September 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day.

On this day, the President directs that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks 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.