On the 22nd anniversary of 9/11, Governor Tate Reeves has declared Monday as “Patriot Day – A Day of Prayer and Remembrance” across Mississippi.
The executive order from Reeves directs American and state flags to be flown at half-staff on all state buildings and grounds from sunrise to sunset. Additionally, it asks Mississippians to participate in a moment of silence beginning at 7:46 a.m. CT to honor the innocent victims who lost their lives because of the terrorist attacks.
“On 9/11, terrorists aimed to destroy our nation and strike fear in the hearts of Americans. Instead, from the very ashes of that heartbreak arose an amazing determination of unity and compassion that will never be forgotten,” Reeves said. “We will never forget those who were lost and injured on that day, and we will never forget those who rose in service to our nation in the days and years that followed.”
As millions looked on from the ground on September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked as terrorists carried out a plot that left thousands dead. As the hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and later into a field in Shanksville, Pa., families were torn apart, lives were lost, and the nation’s sense of security was shaken.
First responders ran towards the chaos and tried to rescue those trapped inside the rubble, putting their own lives on the line to do so. Overall, 2,977 people lost their lives on that tragic day.
The full order from Reeves can be read here.