We Remember: Flags at Half Staff Today in Observance of 9/11/01
Carol McCarthy | Sep 11, 2019 AT 4:08 am
ST. PAUL, MN – In observance of the eighteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and in accordance with a proclamation issued by the President, Governor Tim Walz has ordered that all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota from sunrise until sunset. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations also are encouraged to join in lowering their flags in observance of the anniversary.
“Minnesota joins the rest of the nation in remembering the Americans who lost their lives and the first responders who died fighting to save them,” said Governor Walz. “September 11th reminds us that there is more that unites our country than divides us. We’re a nation founded on freedom and a country comprised of everyday heroes. On the 18th anniversary of this tragic day, we lower our flags to honor our neighbors, past and present, and celebrate what it means to be an American.”
In respect for the victims of this tragedy, Governor Walz proclaimed Wednesday, September 11, 2019, to be Patriot Day and a Day of Service and Remembrance in the State of Minnesota. Governor Walz encourages all Minnesotans to observe the National Moment of Silence at 7:46 a.m. Central Daylight Time.
Eighteen years ago today, terrorists hijacked four U.S. jetliners and forced them to crash, killing nearly three-thousand people and jarring the entire nation. Two of the aircraft pierced each of the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York City, causing them to burn and collapse. Another jet slammed into the Pentagon building in the Washington, DC, area. The fourth, United Airlines Flight 93 en route from Newark to San Francisco carrying 38 passengers and seven crew, crashed in a field 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh after passengers struggled with armed hijackers to regain control of the aircraft.
The nation watched in disbelief as two of the world's tallest buildings puffed black, oily smoke into the blue morning sky. Then, at 9:50 a.m. Eastern, the 110-story south tower of the World Trade Center suddenly and quickly collapsed, a victim of the steel-melting heat of the inferno fueled by thousands of gallons of burning jet fuel. Less than 40 minutes later, the Trade Center's north tower crumbled onto itself in a gray cloud of smoke and debris. Hundreds of firefighters were trapped and killed. Throngs of desperate New Yorkers worked to flee Lower Manhattan, choked by a dense, acrid dust.
For the next few months, the dead would be counted in two states and the DC area. Nearly three thousand would die, including passengers and crew on all four hijacked airliners. New York City police officers, firefighters and rescue workers would be among those who died.