During Patriot Week, the imagination and support of citizens across the nation is captured and celebrated. The 10th anniversary of Patriot Week will be celebrated by honoring America’s First Principles, Founding Fathers and other Patriots, vital documents and speeches, and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history. Patriot Week begins on September 11th, honoring the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives in 2001, and ends on September 17th, Constitution Day.
Co-created by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren and his then 10-year-old daughter in 2009, Patriot Week is a time to reflect upon the ideals, documents, and historical figures that represent the best of the United States. Special events ranging from solemn remembrances and discussions to lively celebrations, lectures, and presentations have been scheduled throughout Patriot Week and beyond.
Patriot Week Events
See a list of Patriot Week events happening in Oakland County below. For a complete listing of events and festivities, visit PatriotWeek.org.
9/11 Remembrance, Tribute and Discussion
Events throughout the day in Auburn Hills at Oakland University
9/11 Remembrance and tribute at 11:00 a.m. under the Elliott Tower followed by the Road March to End Hunger at 11:30 a.m to benefit a homeless veteran shelter. “Justice, Liberty, and the Constitution in the Wake of 9/11: A Rule of Law Forum” in the Ambassador Room A in OC at 2:00 p.m.
Remembrance and Discussion of 9/11, America’s Liberty, and the Constitution
Wednesday, September 11, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. in Royal Oak at Oakland Community College
Join Royal Oak Oakland Community College Campus for an open discussion and a Facebook Live interview with Judge Michael Warren as we remember and discuss 9/11, America’s Liberty and the Constitution! Room 122 of B Building, see campus map.
2019 Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony
Wednesday, September 11, 6:00 p.m. in Pontiac at the Oakland County Government Campus
The annual ceremony is held to honor the memory of Michigan’s Fallen Heroes and unveil the addition or any new names of law enforcement officers and firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year. This solemn event is open to the public and at the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial located at the northeast corner of the intersection at County Center Drive East and Telegraph Rd., see map.
Patriot’s Day Ceremony
Wednesday, September 11, 7:30 – 8:40 a.m. in Lake Orion at the Orion Center
Join Orion Veterans Memorial as they honor our fire fighters, police officers, EMS and military who have dedicated their lives to protect our freedoms and liberties. The event will include Keynote Speaker Deputy Jennifer Eriksen.
Patriot Week Student Speech Competition
Friday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Pontiac at Oakland County Circuit Court, Courtroom 5B
Students are invited to enter this annual speaking competition. After preparing a speech, students will present their argument in a courtroom to an audience of other students, parents, and teachers. The contest will be adjudicated by Judges, lawyers, and other community members. Speeches will be judged on style, organization, presentation, research, and overall effect.
Patriot Week Celebration RSVP by September 9th
Saturday, September 14, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Rochester Hills at American House Elmwood
Celebrate Patriot Week with a free barbeque lunch, a patriotic musical tribute by Guardians of Harmony and a patriot program. There will also be a bounce house and face painting for kids.
Celebrating Patriot Week’s 10th Anniversary
Monday, September 16, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Bloomfield Twp. at Bloomfield Township Senior Center
Join Judge Michael Warren in this moving program co-created in 2009 with his 10-year-old daughter. Capturing the imagination and support of citizens across the nation and invigorating appreciation and understanding of America’s spirit. Anchored by September 11 and the signing of the Constitution. Explore why America is the greatest nation in world history.
Constitution Day Celebration
Tuesday, September 17, 12:00 – 1:45 p.m. in Auburn Hills at WMU Cooley Law School
The Constitution Day Celebration with a panel featuring Mark Brewer, an attorney specializing in election law and the honorable Michael Warren, co-founder of Patriot Week.
Oakland County Patriot Week Celebration
Saturday, September 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Highland at Hoffman Farms Winery
A free, family-friendly event featuring food, games, hayrides and more! Presented by the Oakland County Celebration of Women’s Suffrage Ad Hoc Committee and the Patriot Week Foundation. Renewing america’s spirit by deepening the appreciation of American history.
How Can I Celebrate?
In addition to attending a variety of the special events and activities planned for Patriot Week, residents are encouraged to take time to look back on our history to deepen their appreciation and understanding of America’s spirit. Each day of Patriot Week commemorates a particular First Principle, as well as the Founding Fathers and other important Americans who brought the First Principles to life. For the complete list of First Principles, patriots, documents, and more, view the “Themes” tab at PatriotWeek.org.