Senate passes Peters, Kennedy resolution designating Patriot Week in honor of 9/11


Judge Michael Warren and daughter Leah at a Grand Rapids presentation about Patriot Week shortly after its founding in 2009.


U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Kennedy (R-LA) applauded Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution they introduced designating Sept. 11-17 as Patriot Week. Co-founded by Judge Michael Warren of Oakland County (as reported in the Grand Rapids Legal News), Patriot Week honors the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, celebrates Constitution Day on the 17th and encourages students to learn more about U.S. history

“I’m pleased that the Senate passed my bipartisan resolution designating this week as Patriot Week,” said Sen. Peters. “A national week of remembrance allows us to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 and pay tribute to the courageous sacrifice of the first responders, and  provides an opportunity for future generations... to learn more about the leaders and events that helped shape the American story. I am thankful for all the work Judge Warren has done to champion this important cause...”

Said Senator Kennedy, “All of us remember where we were on 9/11 when the planes hit the towers and the Pentagon because it was clear that our country was under attack. Even this nation’s capital, the site of so much American history, wasn’t spared. We can’t forget 9/11 or any chapter in American history. Collectively, they tell a story that shouldn’t be forgotten.”

“As a grassroots organization started when my then-10-year-old daughter Leah [shown in photo at right when she was slightly older than that] pounded on a table and demanded a new celebration for America, we are deeply honored that the United States Senate has officially recognized Patriot Week,” said Patriot Week co-creator Judge Michael Warren (shown at right with his daughter shortly after its founding). “We invite all Americans to join us as we renew America’s spirit by celebrating the First Principles, Founding Fathers and other patriots, vital documents, and speeches and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history.”

“In this time of division and rancor, Patriot Week is a nonpartisan initiative that reminds us of the Constitution and foundational first principles that unite us as Americans,” said Jennifer Grieco, President, State Bar of Michigan. “By deepening our appreciation for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the struggle for the rule of law and liberty, Patriot Week is sorely needed to help renew the spirit of America.”

Through the advocacy of Judge Warren and his organization, over ten states have officially recognized Patriot Week with official gubernatorial proclamations and legislative resolutions.

Peters is a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and he volunteered to serve again after the attacks on September 11th.