Governor Scott issued the following proclamation in honor of Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance, directing flags be flown at half-staff on September 11th:
PATRIOT DAY; SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
WHEREAS, September 11, 2013, marks the twelfth anniversary of the unprovoked and horrific terrorist attacks on our homeland that resulted in the loss of nearly 3,000 citizens of the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, we will always remember the men and women who perished as a result of those horrendous attacks and share the sorrow of their families and loved ones; and
WHEREAS, we honor the bravery and courage of our civilian and military first-responders and emergency personnel for their quick and selfless actions; and
WHEREAS, we remember the countless men and women of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom and security, and we remember and give thanks for those brave members of our armed forces who continue the fight against radicalism at home and abroad; and
WHEREAS, on this somber day, we remind all those who wish our Nation harm that we stand united, as one Nation under God, vigilant in our fight against terror and determined to continue as a beacon of hope and freedom for people everywhere; and
WHEREAS, by joint resolution approved December 18, 2001, Public Law 107-89, the Congress of the United States has 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, 2013, as Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. In honor of the innocent individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001, 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 Wednesday, September 11, 2013. I encourage other interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. In addition, I call upon the people of our great state to observe this day with acts of charity and prayer, to participate in appropriate ceremonies and activities, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time in honor of the innocent individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed, at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 10th day of September 2013.
SECRETARY OF STATE