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Gov. Perry Signs Executive Order For Moment Of Silence On Sept. 11

Flags At Capitol Complex, State Office Buildings To Fly At Half-Staff

Wednesday, September 10, 2003  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry has signed an executive order asking all Texans to observe a moment of silence at 7:46 a.m. Thursday to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. The time marks the moment on that day when the first plane struck the World Trade Center in New York City.

"We will never forget the victims of those attacks," Perry said. "We will never forget the horror we felt or the courage we witnessed that morning. On this anniversary, I encourage all Texans to honor the thousands who died on Sept. 11 by taking a minute to reflect on the freedoms we hold dear and the overwhelming sense of national unity we discovered in that moment."

Perry ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol, Capitol complex, Governor's Mansion and all state office buildings and facilities across Texas. Perry encouraged all Texans, including businesses, counties and communities, to join the state in flying flags at half-staff on Sept. 11.

Sept. 11 also has been designated as First Responder Day in Texas. The governor will attend a ceremony ay 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Texas State Cemetery to unveil a memorial honoring the Texans who were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The memorial was designed by architect Bob Ogorzaly of O'Connell Robertson & Associates of Austin and paid for with private funds. It will feature two beams recovered from ground zero at the World Trade Center. The steel beams are each at least 8 feet long and weigh about 1,400 pounds.

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