September 11 in the state of Illinois has been proclaimed Patriot Day as well as the National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of those who lost their lives in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and servicemembers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The announcement was made Tuesday by Governor Pat Quinn during the unveiling of the "Portrait of a Soldier" exhibit at Columbia College Chicago. The exhibit is comprised of hand-drawn portraits of almost all of the 306 Illinoisans who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack, Iraq, Afghanistan, or in combat since September 11, 2001.
A joint resolution by Congress in December 2001 designated September 11 of every year as Patriot Day and President Barack Obama established the date as a National Day of Service and Remembrance in April 2009.
The "Portrait of a Soldier" exhibit will be on display until Wednesday afternoon at Columbia. After that it will head to the Lincoln Log Cabin in Lerna from Monday, September 16 through Saturday, October 5.
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