September 11, 2019 (Anchorage, Alaska) – Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy has proclaimed today, September 11, 2019, as “Patriot Day” and issued the following remarks:
“On September 11, 2001, the American people endured the worst terrorist attack on United States soil in the nation’s history, with courage and heroism.
“While the attacks were meant to divide our great nation, we responded by standing together in a remarkable display of the spirit of unity, resolve, and compassion for one another that represented the best of the American spirit.
“We will forever remember and honor the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who lost their lives on that day, and remember their families, friends, and loved ones who continue to carry the memories of their lives forward.
“We recognize and honor the heroism of the first responders – the firefighters, police, emergency personnel, health care providers, and citizens who came to the aid of others during, and immediately following the attacks, some of whom laid down their lives while helping to evacuate and rescue others.
“On this day and every day, we as Americans reflect on the importance of freedom, liberty, patriotism, and love of our country, and are grateful for the privileges and rights that we hold as Americans.
“Let us honor and reflect on those we have lost, and stand firm in our resolve to defend and preserve our great nation and the freedom, which has made us so, and recommit to live in a spirit of unity and compassion that binds us together as Americans.
“I hereby proclaim September 11, 2019 as Patriot Day in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to take this day as one of service and compassion as we remember the events of that fateful day. I also order all Alaska State flags to be flown at half-staff on September 11, 2019 to honor the victims and their families, and all our first responders, caregivers, and service men and women who protect the American people every day.”