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Patriot Day Paddle & Remembrance

Beginner SK2, approx 7-8 miles, Medium Speed

Patriot Day is observed on September 11th.  It's hard to believe 11 years have gone by since that fatefully day.

Patriot Day was signed into law on December 18, 2001 as a day to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on our country.

On Patriot Day, Americans should fly their flags at half-staff and observe a moment of silence to honor those individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks.

On September 11, 2001, two hijacked civilian aircraft crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third hijacked aircraft crashed into the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. And a forth hijacked aircraft crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania after passengers tried to take control of the aircraft in order to prevent the hijackers from crashing the aircraft into an important symbol of democracy and freedom. Thousands of innocent people lost their lives in this tragedy.

The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation calling on: state and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities; all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States and interested organizations and individuals to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001; the people of the United States to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.

This trip launches from George English Park (the park at the corner of Sunrise and Bayview Drive, across from the Galleria) by the tennis courts. Via the New River we'll paddle to Broward Performance Art Center or that general area. We'll take a lunch break and then paddle back.  We would like to request that each kayak joining us fly the American flag of some sort to show our remembrance of those who have lost their lives that day and those who have lost it since that time in active military duty of our country.

It's the time of year again when weather can be a factor in trips - especially afternoon/early evening trips.  Here are the ground rules:
- Lightning clearly visible from the launch site - we don't launch.
- Visible flash followed by thunder within 30 seconds (6 miles) - we don't launch.
- 30 minutes must elapse between last lightning/thunder before we start the trip.
- If we get caught out in a mild electrical storm in the Fort Lauderdale urban area, we're pretty safe, but will seek appropriate shelter immediately. Heavy lightning storms will accelerate this process.
- If it's just raining, heavy or light, we're paddling - did you expect to stay dry??


Kayak rentals are available through our friends at All American Kayak. Single kayaks are $30.00 and Tandems for $50.00. Kayak rentals can be booked online via the link below or you may call directly at[masked]-0181. Rentals need to be book 24hours in advanced and will be delivered to the site for you.


FREE at the Tennis Center launch - don't park in the metered area.

PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO BRING PLENTY OF water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and hat for your head. You need an "audible signaling device." and PFD should go without saying....

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  • John B.

    Semper Fi to all Americns honoring the fallen firemen who braved their lives helping those who were in distress!

    September 11, 2012

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