Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry: Images of September 11th are Forever in Our Minds

Attends memorial ceremony; recognizes Texas First Responders Day
Sunday, September 11, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry commemorated the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks at a memorial ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery Twin Towers Monument. The governor has also issued a proclamation recognizing September 11th as Texas First Responders Day.

"Ten years later, the images of the September 11th terrorist attacks still linger in our minds, and we will never forget the lives lost," Gov. Perry said. "Our enemies failed miserably if their goal was to demoralize America and paralyze us with fear. Instead, we rose above the ashes and found unity in the face of adversity."

The governor commissioned the Twin Towers Monument in 2002 on the first anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and it was unveiled on September 11, 2003. The memorial is dedicated to all Texans who died during the 9/11 attacks, and the military service members who lost their lives in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Gov. Perry also noted the importance of taking time to remember those who were killed in the line of duty on September 11th, and to honor the brave men and women who daily answer the call for help in Texas, across our nation and around the world.

"We witnessed heroic rescue efforts on 9/11, and I ask all Texans to pause in a spirit of remembrance for those who gave their lives on that day," Gov. Perry said. "I also ask Texans to recognize the first responders putting themselves in harm's way right now to protect the lives and property of residents during one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in our state's history."

Texas First Responders Day was created through House Bill 1937 in 2003. The bill also established the STAR of Texas Awards, which honor peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. This year, 41 first responders will be recognized with the STAR of Texas award.

View the Governor's Proclamation.

For more information about the Star of Texas Awards.

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