In accordance with a presidential proclamation, Gov. Jack Dalrymple has declared September 11 as Patriot Day and a Day of Service and Remembrance in the state to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks carried out against this nation on September 11, 2001.
Dalrymple is directing all state government agencies to fly the American and North Dakota flags at half staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 11. He is also encouraging North Dakotans to display the flags at half staff at their homes and to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities and remembrance services to honor the innocent lives lost and those who protect and defend our way of life.
"As we mark the 10th anniversary of this solemn and defining moment in our nation's history, we remember the thousands of innocent victims lost, we extend our thoughts and prayers to their families, and we honor the men and women who risked and sacrificed their lives so others might survive," Dalrymple said. "On this day and every day, we recognize our brave men and women in uniform and all of our veterans, the dedicated members of our public safety, law enforcement and intelligence communities, and the thousands of others who work night and day to protect us from harm and preserve the freedom of this great nation."
The Governor and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple will observe the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on Sunday by hosting North Dakota's commemorative event at 1:30 p.m. on the front steps of the state Capitol. The event is open to the public. They will also attend a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the North Dakota Memorial to the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck.