Perry directs flags to be lowered in observance of Patriot Day
AUSTIN – Pursuant to the proclamation issued by President George W. Bush, Gov. Rick Perry today directed flags be flown at half-staff at state buildings in observance of Patriot Day to honor those killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks.
"September 11th will forever be regarded as a day that changed America," said Perry. "We were reminded that the evil in the hearts of men can manifest itself in harm to those people and institutions we most deeply cherish, even in places we long regarded as safe. Today, and everyday, we pledge to honor the memory of these innocents, pray for the healing of their families, and work for the protection of our state and nation. "
This directive applies to all U.S. and Texas flags under the control of the state. Flags will be lowered to half-staff on the state Capitol Building, flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds and facilities beginning at sunrise tomorrow, September 11, until sunset that day.
Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties and other political subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.