Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Governor Walker Releases Statement Honoring Victims of September 11th Terror Attacks

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From the press release:

Governor Walker Releases Statement Honoring Victims of September 11th Terror Attacks
 
Madison – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today in honor and remembrance of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on our nation.On September 11, 2001, we were rocked by the attack on our nation, resulting in the loss of thousands of innocent lives.

In the wake of this tragedy, we came together as one nation, under God, to mourn and grieve our loss. And against all odds, our country rose together stronger and more unified.

Today, we remember those who lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon – as well as the heroes on United Airlines Flight 93 who overtook the plane to prevent an additional attack and further loss of life.

We also honor our brave first responders who rushed towards the chaos and destruction and risked their own lives to save and aid those trapped or in distress.

We remember our nation’s firefighters, police officers, emergency medical response personnel, volunteers, and ordinary citizens from across the country, including Wisconsin, who headed to New York City and Washington D.C. to volunteer their time and service.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of those who lost loved ones fifteen years ago today. May God continue to bless those who protect our freedoms every day by serving in the United States Armed Forces, and may God bless America.

In honor of 9/11, Governor Walker attended a Department of Military Affairs (DMA) Memorial Service at the Wisconsin State Capitol Building in Madison.

Governor Walker also issued Executive Order #213 ordering the flags of the United States and State of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. 

EXECUTIVE ORDER #213 Relating to a Proclamation that the Flag of the United States and the Flag of the State of Wisconsin Be Flown at Half-Staff to Honor the Victims of the September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks and the Brave Men and Women in Uniform Who Answered the Subsequent Call to Defend Our Freedoms at Home and Abroad

WHEREAS, September 11, 2016, marks the fifteen-year anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks that were launched against America on September 11, 2001; and

WHEREAS, it is important that we never forget the neatly 3,000 men, women, and children who lost their lives that day during the attacks that destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon; and

WHEREAS, we thank the heroic law enforcement officers, first responders, and ordinary citizens that saved countless lives on September 11, 2001, many making the ultimate sacrifice in the aftermath of the attacks in defense of out country and the freedoms we cherish; and

WHEREAS, we owe a great debt to the approximately 42,000 Post 9/11 Wisconsin veterans of the United States Armed Forces whom have served throughout the world to defend our country from the spread of terrorism; and

WHEREAS, since September 11, 2001, 174 brave Wisconsin service members or those with connections to Wisconsin have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country; and

WHEREAS, Congress has designated September 11 of each year as Patriot Day and has requested its observance annually as a National Day of Service and Remembrance; and

WHEREAS, Patriot Day provides Wisconsinites a special opportunity to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the senseless attacks on September 11, 2001, and those servicemen and women who bravely defend our freedoms and values to this day;

NOW THEREFORE, I, SCOTT WALKER, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, by the authority vested in me by federal and state law, do hereby order that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations of the State of Wisconsin equipped with such flags beginning at sunrise on Sunday, September 11, 2016, and ending at sunset on that date.

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