Governor Susana Martinez issued the following statement today in remembrance of the victims and heroes of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. On Sunday, Governor Martinez will participate in remembrance services in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. She has also declared this Sunday "Patriot Day" across New Mexico and has ordered flags flown at half-staff from sundown on Friday, September 9 to
sundown on Sunday, September 11 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"September 11th is a day for all of us to remember and reflect on the innocent lives lost and the selfless sacrifice we witnessed ten years ago. I encourage all New Mexicans to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 and celebrate America's enduring compassion, courage, and resolve in the face of incredible trials and challenges," said Governor Martinez. "We are still in awe of the courageous first responders who risked everything that day to save strangers and keep their communities safe. From New Mexico and across
the country, specialized crews and aid relief streamed into New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania -- a moving testament to the compassion fostered in a free society.
Today, we still have troops fighting on the front lines around the globe to keep us safe and bring justice on behalf of the victims of 9/11. These brave men and women and their families carry the heavy burden of a nation's resolve. I urge all New Mexicans to join me in observing a day of remembrance and appreciation for the victims and heroes of 9/11 who lost their lives; thanking our military; praying for the safe return of our troops, and giving thanks for America's greatness."
Full text of the Governor's proclamation declaring "Patriot Day" across New Mexico is below.
WHEREAS, AMERICANS WILL NEVER FORGET THE EVENTS OF THAT FATEFUL MORNING TEN YEARS AGO, ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, WHEN TERRORISTS HIJACKED FOUR PASSENGER AIRLINES WITH THE INTENT OF DESTROYING OUR SPIRIT FOR REASONS KNOWN ONLY TO THE HIJACKERS; AND
WHEREAS, NEARLY THREE THOUSAND INNOCENT LIVES WERE SENSELESSLY LOST WHEN THE HIJACKERS INTENTIONALLY CRASHED THE PLANES INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER TOWERS IN NEW YORK CITY
AND THE PENTAGON IN WASHINGTON, D.C.; AND WHEN THE FOURTH PLANE CRASHED IN AN EMPTY FIELD NEAR SHANKSVILLE, PENNSYLVANNIA AFTER BRAVE PASSENGERS OVERPOWERED THEIR
HIJACKERS AND PREVENTED POSSIBLY ANOTHER CATASTROPHIC INTENTIONAL CRASH IN ANOTHER MORE VISIBLE LOCATION; AND
WHEREAS, THE HEROIC STORIES OF THESE PASSENGERS AND OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS IN NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES IN ORDER TO SAVE OTHERS REAWAKENED A DEEP SENSE OF PRIDE AND PATRIOTISM AMONG ALL AMERICANS NATIONWIDE WHICH REMAINS STRONG TEN YEARS AFTER THESE SENSELESS TERRORIST ATTACKS; AND
WHEREAS, THIS DATE, SEPTEMBER 11, WILL FOREVER HOLD A CHERISHED PLACE IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF AMERICANS AS WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THOSE WHO SENSELESSLY LOST THEIR LIVES AND THOSE WHO COURAGEOUSLY SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES TO SAVE COUNTLESS OTHERS;
NOW THEREFORE I, SUSANA MARTINEZ, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO, NOW HEREBY PROCLAIM THE 11TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER 2011 AS "PATRIOT DAY"
THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO. I HEREBY DIRECT ALL FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE INNOCENT VICTIMS AND HEROES OF THE 9/11 TERROR ATTACKS. I STRONGLY URGE ALL NEW MEXICANS TO OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN THEIR MEMORY, TO THANK OUR MILITARY VETERANS FOR PROTECTING US IMMEDIATELY AFTER THOSE ATTACKS, AND TO PRAY FOR THE SAFE RETURN OF OUR ACTIVE-DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL AS THEY FIGHT TO PROTECT AMERICA AGAINST THOSE INTENT ON ATTACKING AMERICA IN THE FUTURE.
SIGNED AT THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE THIS 7th DAY OF SEPTEMBER 2011.
WITNESS MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO.
DIANNA J. DURAN
SECRETARY OF STATE