Gov. Rick Scott encourages Floridians to fly their U.S. flags at half-staff in honor of Patriot Day, Sept. 11.
Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation in honor of Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance and directed that flags be flown at half-staff on Sept. 11.
Wednesday, Sept. 11, is the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attack that results in the loss of almost 3,000 U.S. citizens. The state of Florida is honoring those citizens, as well as the civilian and military first-responders and emergency personnel for their selfless actions in the aftermath of the atack.
In Scott's proclamation, he said remembered the men and women of this nations armed forces who defend freedom and security for us all.
"On this somber day, we remind all those who wish our Nation harm that we stand united, as one Nation under God, vigilant in our fight against terror and determined to continue as a beacon of hope and freedom for people everywhere," Scott proclaims.
On Dec. 18, 2001, U.S. Congress designated Sept. 11 as Patriot Day and requested it be observed as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Scott further directed that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset at all local and state buildings, installations and grounds throughout the state of Florida.
"I encourage other interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance," he said."In addition, I call upon the people of our great state to observe this day with acts of charity and prayer, to participate in appropriate ceremonies and activities, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time in honor of the innocent individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001."