Governor, president direct flags be lowered today for 9/11 anniversary

Staff Reports Posted 11 September 2019 at 7:29 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: This flag at Erie Community College’s North Campus in Williamsville was at half-staff on Tuesday.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that flags on state government buildings will be flown at half-staff today, on September 11 in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

“On September 11, 2001, New York suffered the deadliest terror attack this nation has ever seen. But this horrific tragedy did not tear us apart; instead our state and the entire country united and emerged from our darkest hour as one in the name of freedom and democracy.

“We saw the best and the worst in humanity in that moment, and we will never forget those who lost their lives, including the selfless heroes who ran toward danger to help others. On behalf of the New York family, we honor the memories of these men and women, and we are eternally grateful for their sacrifice.”

President Donald Trump also directed all American and state flags at all public and state buildings be lowered to half-staff until sunset today.

President Trump further calls upon Americans “to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost. This observance will include a moment of silence beginning at 7:46 a.m. to honor the innocent victims who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.”

In Orleans County, there will be a memorial observance at 6 p.m. at the 9/11 monument by the County Courthouse.

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