TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the following proclamation recognizing tomorrow, September 11, as Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance, and directed the flags of the United States of America and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff tomorrow from sunrise to sunset, at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida in honor of those who were killed as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

PATRIOT DAY; SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, our Country endured the worst terrorist attack on United States soil that tragically ended the lives of thousands of innocent people; and

WHEREAS, fourteen years later the citizens of Florida and the United States continue to mourn and remember those who lost their lives that day; and

WHEREAS, we honor and pay tribute to the brave men and women in uniform serving our Country around the world, as well as the dedicated members of our law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, physicians, nurses, and other first responders who work diligently to keep us safe daily; and

WHEREAS, we remember the members of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom and security, and honor those who continue to serve our Nation every day; and

WHEREAS, we continue to stand united as a State and as one Nation under God in our fight against terror and radicalism at home and abroad, and in defense of the freedoms we hold dear; and

WHEREAS, individuals, organizations, and communities throughout our Country and throughout Florida will gather on this fourteenth anniversary to perform acts of charity, to pray, and to comfort and support one another as they honor our Nation and the memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001; and

WHEREAS, by joint resolution, Public Law 107-89, approved December 18, 2001, the Congress of the United States designated September 11 of each year as Patriot Day, and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress of the United States has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 11, 2015, as Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance.  I call upon the people of our great State to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time in honor of those who were killed on September 11, 2001, in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.  I hereby direct the flags of the United States of America and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff, from sunrise to sunset, at all local and State buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida on Friday, September 11, 2015.  Furthermore, I encourage all other governmental entities, interested groups, and organizations throughout the State to display the National and State flags at half-staff in observance of Patriot Day, a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed, at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 10th day of  September, 2015.

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                                                                                                            RICK SCOTT

                                                                                                            GOVERNOR

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