Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring "Patriot Day"
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring September 11, 2011, as Patriot Day in the State of California.
The text of the proclamation is below:
PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Ten years have now passed since the terrible events of September 11, 2001. On that day, Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners to use as suicide missiles against major American landmarks, including the Pentagon and New York’s World Trade Center, where most of the nearly three thousand victims perished.
Since that day, we have struggled to find words to speak of the unspeakable, understand the unimaginable and respond to the unanswerable. While there is no redemption to be found in such a heinous act of aggression, we shall always remember the courage of the First Responders who ran into the burning buildings, the resolve of the thousands who volunteered to serve our country in the wake of the attacks, and the solidarity of ordinary citizens who put aside all differences and united in their mourning.
On this somber anniversary, I urge all Californians to commemorate the lives we lost and the bravery of those who responded. I have ordered all flags on state buildings to be flown at half-staff, and I hope that others will follow the same observance at their homes and places of business.
NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2011, as “Patriot Day.”
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 9th day of September 2011.
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California
Secretary of State