Governor orders flags at half staff in honor of Patriot Day

Governor Jim Gibbons today ordered flags on state buildings be flown at half staff on Thursday in recognition of Patriot Day.

Through a joint resolution, Congress established Sept. 11 of each year as Patriot Day as a way to remember and honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.

"While the terrorist attacks of 9/11 shook our country to the core, they also awoke the fundamental principles that sparked the creation of our nation and made the United States the greatest country on Earth," Gibbons said. "On that terrible morning seven years ago, we saw the worst of what terrorists have to offer, but we also saw the best of what makes America great.

"Citizens rose up to help their neighbors in tremendous displays of bravery and heroism. As a nation we joined in prayer for the victims. And together, we strengthened our resolve to defend our nation and advance the cause of liberty across the globe."

He said he hopes those feelings are revived on the anniversary.

"On Patriot Day 2008, I encourage all Nevadans to take a moment to remember what they felt seven years ago," Gibbons said. "Time can make the intensity of memories fade, but as a nation and as a state we must be resolved in our dedication to the freedoms our country has provided us.

"As such, we must remember those who lost their lives on 9/11 in an attack on those very freedoms we hold so dear."

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