Governor Sean Parnell has ordered all flags (in accordance with Public Law 107-89) at public facilities be flown at half-staff throughout Alaska on Wednesday, September 11, in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.
"Many of us recall September 11, 2001," said Governor Sean Parnell. "It's a day that will live forever in our memories. We observe this day in honor of those who were injured or who died, when our homeland came under attack by terrorists.
"We lower the flag to half-staff on this day. We observe a moment of silence. We offer prayers for our people. But it has also become a day when we pause to thank our first responders - our emergency workers, our military and all our defenders. Those who risk all, as a part of who they are, who they have been called to be - heroes.
"I encourage Alaskans on this day to thank a firefighter, a law officer, an emergency medical worker, a warrior. Let Patriot Day become a time of gratitude for the exceptional nation we are, the goodness of our people, and our ability to recover from adversity."
Flags will remain at half-staff on Wednesday and raised to full-staff at sunset.