Flags to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, September 11

The following is a news release from the Governor’s Office.

Governor LePage to speak at two remembrance ceremonies

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has directed State of Maine flags to half-staff at all state office buildings from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of the tragic terrorist attacks 12 years ago.

“Across our country, Americans watched in horror as one of the darkest days in our history unfolded. But as the days, weeks and months passed after these terrible acts of terrorism, one thing became evident: Americans had found strength from each other, and our spirit had not been conquered,” said Governor LePage.

“Together, we remember the families and the innocent individuals whose lives were lost. We must also remember and thank all of our first responders, who went above and beyond the call of duty in the months that followed these tragic events. Our police, firefighters, EMTs and our service members demonstrated a fearless commitment to our nation, and they displayed courage undaunted by this terrible tragedy. Communities came together in support of the victims and their families, and we continue to hold them in our thoughts and prayers.”

To pay tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and in the ensuing conflicts, Governor LePage will speak at two remembrance ceremonies: the Freeport 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the corner of West Street and Main Street, Freeport at 9:30 a.m., and the American Legion 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 208 Maine Street, Brunswick at noon.

Additionally, the President has issued a proclamation for Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. In it, he calls upon all departments, agencies and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on September 11, 2013.