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Flags To Fly at Half-Staff On Patriot Day

September 10, 2012, 1:16 PM HST
* Updated September 11, 10:58 AM
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All Hawaii and US flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Tomorrow marks the 11th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist in attacks in New York that claimed almost 3,000 lives.

Several months after the attacks, Congress declared Sept. 11 of each year to be Patriot Day. In 2009, lawmakers established that date each year to be observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

President Obama today issued the annual decree for the observance which includes flying the US flag at half-staff. He invited the nation’s governors to participate and Gov. Neil Abercrombie agreed, extending the order to Hawaii flags at all state offices and agencies as well as Hawaii National Guard facilities.

Obama’s proclamation also called for a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (2:46 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time) to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks.

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