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Flags at half-staff to mark 9/11

Across the country, American flags are being flown at half-staff to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. President Donald Trump and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey both ordered government flags to be lowered, and the president proclaimed Patriot Day to honor the individuals who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

That date "will forever be one of the most tragic days in American history," Trump said. "Through the unimaginable despair, however, ordinary Americans etched into our history remarkable illustrations of bravery, of sacrifice for one another, and of dedication to our shared values. The shock from the indelible images of the smoke rising from the World Trade Center and Pentagon gave way to countless inspiring videos of co-workers helping one another to safety; of heroes running into collapsing buildings to save the innocent people trapped within; and to the unforgettable story of the patriots who charged the cockpit of Flight 93 to save untold numbers of lives. These heroes moved us with their bravery. They make us proud to be Americans."

"It has been 16 years since the tragedy of September 11, 2001," the president said in his proclamation. "Children who lost their parents on that day are now parents of their own, while many teenagers currently in high school learn about September 11th only from their history books. Yet all Americans are imbued with the same commitment to cause and love of their fellow citizens as everyone who lived through that dark day. We will never forget. The events of September 11, 2001, did not defeat us. They did not rattle us. They, instead, have rallied us, as leaders of the civilized world, to defeat an evil ideology that preys on innocents and knows nothing but violence and destruction."

Ducey joined in recognizing the anniversary: "We join together in remembrance of the thousands of innocent lives taken from us too soon — and in recognition of the resilience our country demonstrated in the wake of the single deadliest terrorist attack in American history."

"This poignant moment will be forever etched into our nation’s history," the governor said. "We will never forget where we were or what we were doing when we heard the news, just as we will never forget how quickly our friends, neighbors, and fellow Americans jumped up to help."

"Police officers, firefighters, and first responders rushed toward the buildings, fire, and victims without skipping a beat. Men and women from coast to coast enlisted in the military to serve their country overseas, risking and often sacrificing their lives to ensure that terrorists and the extremist rhetoric they preach will never dare attack us again," Ducey said.

"Our state and our country are blessed to have these heroic individuals protecting our communities," he said. "They are proof that America is the single greatest nation the world has ever seen. Please join me today in keeping these heroes, their families, and all others who suffered that solemn day in our thoughts and prayers. God bless the United States."

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