Governor Walker lowers flags, signs bills to honor September 11 victims and first responders September 10, 2018 No. 18-113 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker today ordered Alaska state flags be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, September 11 in honor of the 2,996 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. “The tragic events of September 11, 2001 are seared into our collective memory,” Governor Walker said. “I hope Alaskans will join me tomorrow in observing a moment of silence to reflect on the souls taken from us that day, and the first responders who put themselves in danger to run to the aid of others. September 11 is a time for us to renew our commitment to our American values of freedom, service, and courage.” Earlier this year, the Alaska State Legislature passed Senator Kevin Meyer’s SB 152, establishing September 11 each year as Patriot Day. Governor Walker will sign SB 152 into law tomorrow at Anchorage Fire Department Station #1 at 100 East 4th Avenue at 4:00 p.m. The law also includes a measure to establish June 27 each year as Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day. It encourages Alaskans to reach out to friends and family who struggle with PTSD. Governor Walker will also sign HB 235 tomorrow, creating the North Star Medal, which Alaskan Governors can award to first responders who die or are seriously injured in the line of duty while protecting their fellow Alaskans. Sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, the bill passed the Legislature unanimously. Per presidential proclamation and gubernatorial order, all United States and Alaska flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.