Gov. Rick Snyder lowers flags for Patriot Day, honors the innocent lives lost in the 2001 terrorist attacks

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today issued the following statement in honor of Patriot Day and calls for the lowering of U.S. flags in remembrance of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

“On the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001, terror attacks, we stop to remember those innocent lives who were lost and all of the sacrifices made.

“Patriot Day commemorates our loved ones who perished, our first responders, and all of the men and women who demonstrated tremendous courage. We will never forget their bravery and resilience, and their service to our country. They are in our thoughts and prayers always.

“We are grateful for the first responders in our communities and thank you for your continued service. To our heroic men and women in the armed forces- those currently serving, veterans, and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice- thank you for protecting our freedom with such valor.

“Michigan will lower its flags to half-staff on Sunday, September 11th, 2016. Please do so as well at your home or workplace to honor Patriot Day and victims of the attacks. As the flags are lowered, let’s remember and pray for the 2,977 lives lost and their families.”

Concurrent with federal law and in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10, Michigan residents, businesses, schools, state and local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Monday, Sept. 12.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.