Granholm Encourages Residents to Remember Heroes of September 11 by Lowering Flags, Moment of Silence
by Martin Barillas Thursday, September 10, 2009
LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm is encouraging Michigan citizens to remember victims and heroes of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. by lowering flags and observing a moment of silence Friday, September 11, which marks the eight-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
In compliance with an executive order issued by Governor Granholm, flags will be flown at half-staff tomorrow in remembrance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Granholm also encouraged citizens to observe a moment of silence tomorrow at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane crashed into the North Tower at the World Trade Center.
“Let each of us take a moment of silence to reflect on and remember the tragedy of September 11,” Granholm said. “In our reflections, let us honor the memories of the victims and heroes of that day and keep their loved ones in our thoughts and prayers. Let us also embrace our great patriotic spirit that continues to unify and strengthen our country.”
Executive Order 2006-10, which provides for the lowering of flags to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, is consistent with federal law which designates September 11 of each year Patriot Day. For more information on the proclamation designating each September 11 Patriot Day, visit the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website at www.michigan.gov/dmva
When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the United States flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. Procedures for flag-lowering were detailed by Governor Granholm in Executive Order 2006-10.
In April, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which for the first time officially recognizes September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, which will be the focus of Governor Granholm’s weekly radio address released for broadcast Friday.
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