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Patriot Day—September 11, 2007

FDNY Firefighters raise flag

FDNY firefighters raise the American Flag over Ground Zero in New York City, Sept. 11, 2001.
Photograph by Thomas E. Franklin of
The Record, New Jersey.

Flags are to be flown at half-staff tomorrow,
Patriot Day, in honor of the lives lost on September 11, 2001.

Patriot Day, 2007
By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2007, as Patriot Day. I call upon the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Patriot Day. I also call upon the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and remembrance services, to display the flag at half-staff from their homes on that day, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. eastern daylight time to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

For those with a house flag that cannot be flown at half-staff because the pole is too short, it is permissible to signify honor and mourning with a black ribbon streamer affixed to the flag pole.

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