IN REMEMBRANCE OF 9/11 GOVERNOR ASKS ALL FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF
In keeping with President Barack Obama's proclamation of September 11, 2013 as "Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance", Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is calling upon Departments, Agencies and instrumentalities of the American Samoa Government, along with the private sector, to display the flag of the United States and the Territory's Flag at half staff today, September 11, 2013.
September 11, referred to now simply as 9/11 was the day when terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field.
According to an order issued by the governor, this is in recognition of the Joint Resolution approved by the Congress of the United States on December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89) designating September 11, 2011 as Patriot Day and later, through public law 111-13 approved by Congress on April 21, 2009 designating September 11, 2011 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
The governor also appealed to the people of American Samoa to participate in community services, including remembrance services and a moment of silence beginning at 8:46am, eastern daylight time, to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
"Although we are far removed from the horror and suffering caused by the events of September 11, 2001 which transpired in New York, as part of the United States family, we too felt the anguish and the pain of all Americans causes by such senseless acts of terrorism," stated Governor Lolo.
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