Florida Department of Transportation District Two, Northeast Florida, paused at 8:45 a.m. today to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when America was under attack.
May we never forget the worst terrorist attack on United States soil that tragically ended or impacted the lives of thousands of innocent people; but always remember the families and friends of those who were impacted, the heroic deeds of our emergency responders and the ongoing dedication of our military and civilian forces around the world to help prevent this tragedy from happening again.
Here is a link to an historical summary: http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks.
Florida Governor Rick Scott issued this proclamation:
Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Patriot Day
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.