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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance

In observance of the 12th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that the flags of the United States and State of Hawaii be displayed at half-staff at all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, September 11, 2013.

We will never forget

We will never forget

President Barack Obama today proclaimed September 11 as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, calling for the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff. The presidential proclamation states:

“… On September 11, 2001, amid shattered glass, twisted steel, and clouds of dust, the spirit of America shone through. We remember the sacrifice of strangers and first responders who rushed into darkness to carry others from danger. We remember the unbreakable bonds of unity we felt in the long days that followed – how we held each other, how we came to our neighbors’ aid, how we prayed for one another. We recall how Americans of every station joined together to support the survivors in their hour of need and to heal our Nation in the years that followed.

“Today, we can honor those we lost by building a Nation worthy of their memories. Let us also live up to the selfless example of the heroes who gave of themselves in the face of such great evil. As we mark the anniversary of September 11, I invite all Americans to observe a National Day of Service and Remembrance by uniting in the same extraordinary way we came together after the attacks. Like the Americans who chose compassion when confronted with cruelty, we can show our love for one another by devoting our time and talents to those in need …”

View the President’s proclamation here.

(Gov. Abercrombie will be offering remarks at the annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow in Tamarind Park, Bishop Square, in Downtown Honolulu.)


Flags Ordered to Fly at Half-Staff on September 11 in Observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance

Governor Neil Abercrombie today ordered that all Hawai’i flags at all State offices and agencies as well as the Hawai’i National Guard are to be flown at half-staff alongside U.S. flags from sunrise to sunset on tomorrow, September 11, 2012. President Barack Obama ordered that all U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

The presidential proclamation states:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2012, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Bill Designates September 11th as Patriot Day in Hawaii

In 2009 HB 274 was passed by the Hawaii State Legislature as Act 14. The measure was authored by State Representative John Mizuno, Chairman of the Human Services Committee, designing September 11th as “Patriot Day” in Hawaii to honor the victims of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia, and in rural Pennsylvania.

2011 Hawaii Patriot Day
The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, was one of the deadliest and most damaging in the history of the United States. The destruction was enormous, the World Trade Center’s towers devastated by the two hijacked airplanes, the Pentagon partially destroyed by a third hijacked plane, a fourth plane crashed in rural Pennsylvania, and more than 3,000 people killed.

Rep. Mizuno explains that the purpose of the measure is to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and to acknowledge the bravery and heroism of those individuals who assisted in rescue efforts following the attacks. The measure is also to remind us to remain committed and united in defending our state and nation against terrorism.

“By designing September 11th as ‘Patriot Day’ we shall provide a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who perished on September 11, 2001, and also the vigilance that is needed to combat terrorism. I wanted to recognize and honor the victims and true heroism that was shown in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. The brave acts of the police officers, firefighters, emergency personnel, and ordinary citizens, truly define our citizens.” Stated Rep. Mizuno.

On May 1, 2011, President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda and the terrorist network behind the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States was killed in Pakistan.

“We will never forget our people we lost on that fateful day and as we approach the 10th anniversary of the attacks we continue to move steadfast against terrorism and united in support of our country,” said Rep. Mizuno.