Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Directs Flags to Remain at Half-Staff on September 11
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings remain at half-staff on Patriot Day, Tuesday, September 11, 2007, to honor the memory of the victims of the September 11 tragedy and pay tribute to the first responders who risked their lives.
“The senseless events of September 11 are forever etched in our consciousness,” said Governor Fletcher. “Like all Americans, I will never forget those who lost their lives in the horrific tragedy, nor will I forget the incredible courage of the first responders who answered their call to duty with bravery and diligence. We honor their service and dedication.”
Flags are currently flying at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Delmar White. Flags will remain lowered in memory of September 11 through sundown on September 11. Flags will remain lowered in honor of Staff Sgt. White through sundown on Friday, September 14.
The directive follows a September 4 proclamation by President George W. Bush. The President has encouraged individuals to observe Patriot Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and remembrance services, to display the flag at half-staff from their homes, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. eastern daylight time.
Governor Fletcher will participate in a remembrance ceremony on Tuesday to mark the 6th anniversary of the tragedy. The ceremony will be at 8:45 a.m. on the South Lawn of the State Capitol.
Flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/flag-status.htm. The Web site includes a XML feed subscription link for real-time updates.