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Half-staff flags September 11

PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2016

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

kitty-hawk-half-staffed-flag On September 11, 2001, America experienced the worst terrorist attack in her history when nearly 3,000 men, women, and children were taken from us, leaving their families and our Nation with a void that can never be filled. But those who brought hate to our shores and smoke to our skies did not expect our country to emerge stronger, and our beacons of hope and freedom to shine brighter as a result.  In the years since, we have stood strong as one people ‑‑ determined to further embolden our country’s character with acts of endurance and strength; rebuilding and resilience; renewal and progress.  In remembrance of the innocent victims who lost their lives and in honor of the families they left behind, let us continue to answer these heinous acts by serving our communities, lifting the lives of our fellow citizens, and spreading the hope that others tried to dim that day.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day,” and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2016, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001

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2 thoughts on “Half-staff flags September 11

  1. I am a sports PA announcer. I often announce double. or triple headers for various sports. My question relates to the playing of the National Anthem. I was always taught that the anthem is only played for the 1st game when the stands are not emptied between games. I have had athletic directors that want the Anthem played for each game of a double/triple header because they fear the phone calls as to why the Anthem was not played, and of being called unpatriotic. Whenever I announce that the anthem will not be played, I cite the protocol I was taught and have never gotten negative feedback. What is the accepted practice?

  2. Hi Tom. Thank you for writing. I appreciate that you took the time to research and came to The Daily Flag. Unfortunately, the National Anthem Code does not tell us how, or when, or where to play the National Anthem. The only instruction addresses personal comportment.

    The sequential games may be played by the same teams, or the teams may change from game to game (along with the fans in attendance), but each game stands alone from start to finish. By tradition, the teams and fans pay honor and tribute to National Anthem by playing it and saluting as appropriate.

    If the teams do not change between the games, then I would agree that one performance of the National Anthem satisfies the acknowledgement to tradition. But if the teams change from game to game, then I think each game—teams and fans—deserve the right to render full honors.

    I hope this helps.
    Best wishes,
    Deborah Hendrick

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