TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the following proclamation recognizing Sunday, September 11, as Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Governor Scott also directed the flags of the United States of America and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset, at all local and state buildings, installations and grounds throughout the State of Florida in honor of those who were killed as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Governor Scott said, “Today, all Floridians and Americans remember and reflect on the innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001. This year we also pause to remember the 49 innocent lives lost by the evil of terrorism at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando this summer. I was in New York City on 9/11 and I was in Orlando hours after the Pulse attack and saw the impact it had on families and the community. Terrorism is still impacting every American right here on our soil and we have to do all we can to eliminate it. We will never heal from the pain of these losses, but we will continue to be reminded of the memories and joy these loved ones brought to our lives. We will stand behind our selfless service men and women who protect our freedoms and continue to mourn these incredible people who tragically lost their lives.”
PATRIOT DAY; SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, we endured the worst terrorist attack on United States soil in American history which tragically ended the lives of thousands of innocent people; and
WHEREAS, fifteen years later, the citizens of Florida and the United States continue to mourn, as we remember the devastating loss of the men and women who perished as a result of those horrific terrorist attacks; and
WHEREAS, we remember the countless men and women in uniform and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom, personal liberty, and security, in addition to those who never cease to make sacrifices in their own lives in order to serve our country every day; and
WHEREAS, we stand united as a State and as one Nation under God in our fight against radical terrorism at home and abroad, in defense of the freedoms we hold dear; and
WHEREAS, individuals, organizations, and communities throughout our Country and across the State of Florida will gather on this fifteenth anniversary to comfort one another and pray together, as we honor our Nation and the memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001; and
WHEREAS, while we can never replace the precious lives that were lost on that day, it is because of the selfless actions of thousands of individuals who did everything within their power to save the lives of the people around them, that we as a Nation can look back on this horrific day in history with hope in our hearts for the future; and
WHEREAS, by joint resolution approved December 18, 2001, Public Law 107-89, the Congress of the United States designated September 11 of each year as Patriot Day, and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress of the United States has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2016, as Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon the people of our great State to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time in honor of those who were killed on September 11, 2001, in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. I hereby direct the flags of the United States of America and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff, from sunrise to sunset, at all local and State buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Furthermore, I encourage other governmental entities, interested groups, and organizations throughout the State to display the National and State flags at half-staff in observance of Patriot Day, a National Day of Service and Remembrance.