Patriot Day September 11, 2018 WHEREAS, the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, will never be forgotten, and while the attacks were meant to divide our nation, we were united in our grief, compassion, and patriotism as we came together to mourn our losses, but stand up for the values we share; and WHEREAS, on that day, we lost nearly 3,000 innocent people. Americans who were family, friends, and neighbors as the result of attacks on New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC; and WHEREAS, as we honor those we lost, we recognize 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; and WHEREAS, in the days and weeks following the attacks, Alaskans, like many other Americans, were compelled to take action. Some travelled to Ground Zero in New York to volunteer in the recovery effort; others joined Americans from across the nation in donating blood, supplies, and other resources; and other Alaskans signed up for service in the United States military to defend our country; and WHEREAS, on this day and every day, we reflect on the importance of freedom, tolerance, patriotism, diversity, and respect for one another and our country, and we forever remain grateful for the privileges and rights we hold as Americans; and WHEREAS, we honor the individuals who died or were injured in the attacks, the courageous first responders and other individuals who gave their lives to save others during the attacks, and we give thanks to the brave individuals in our military who continue to serve and protect our great nation. NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2018 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, 2018 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.