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Floridians Remember 9/11

September 10, 2012 - 6:00pm

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered U.S. and state flags lowered to half-staff today outside all local and state buildings and grounds in Florida to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Scott and first lady Ann Scott will attend a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Tuesday afternoon at Boca Raton High School.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putman called Sept. 11, 2001, a defining moment in our nations history.

While we will never forget the tragedy that struck at the heart of our nation or the innocent lives of loved ones lost, we will always remember the burst of unity that rippled across our country, Putnam stated in a release.

As we honor and commemorate the service and sacrifice of those lost in the wake of September 11th, may their memory renew in all of us the courage and compassion found throughout our communities. The events surrounding September 11th represent the strength of our country and its people, and serve as a reminder that no matter what differences we may share, we are Americans first. May we never forget the American heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, may our prayers remain with our men and women in uniform and may God continue to bless our great nation.

Attorney General Pam Bondi encouraged Floridians to remember how the nation came together after the attacks.

Americans consoled and supported each other. We encouraged one another to focus on recovery rather than adversity, Bondi stated in a release.

I am eternally grateful to our military for what they do every day to protect our nation. It is because of their selfless service that America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. To those of you who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001, my thoughts and prayers remain with you.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Charlotte, issued the following statement:

"Americans will never forget the horrific attacks against our nation on September 11, 2001, nor the tragic loss of nearly 3,000 innocent lives that day in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. On that day, I was on base at Fort Hood with my wife, who was also serving in the Army JAG Corps, and our son Tommy, who had been born just days before. Like all Americans, we were shocked and saddened, but most importantly, we were resolved to do all we could to prevent another tragedy like this from ever occurring again.

Today, we remember the lives that were lost on 9/11 and the families that mourn them. We honor the heroic first responders who rushed into Ground Zero, many not to return, and the brave patriots who fought back in the skies above Pennsylvania. We recognize our men and women in uniform, who are putting their lives on the line to prevent another attack; our veterans, who served with courage and honor; and our fallen brothers-and-sisters-in-arms, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and security. We will never forget.

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, expressed that the U.S. has become stronger since 9/11.

We constantly remember the significance of that fateful day, and today we are stronger than ever as we continue to stand together as a nation, Mack stated in a release.

"Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives 11 years ago. We remember the Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom, and we shall never forget the sacrifices that were made on September 11, 2001 in New York, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon.

"We continue to pray for the victims, the families who lost loved ones, and the men and women who defend our freedom and security. We, as Americans, have shown our resilience, and we have proven that our freedom, courage and strength cannot be shaken," Mack concluded.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens, urged Americas not to get complacent as the years pass.

As we remember the fallen from that fateful day -- the civilians, the first responders and the service members -- we also recall the unity and strength of purpose we had as a nation to make sure that such a crime of humanity never happens again, Wilson stated in a release.

We have rebuilt the Pentagon, a new Freedom Tower will open next year and Osama bin Laden has been brought to justice, but we must forever remain vigilant. Today, let us remember the loved ones we lost with a moment of silence and recall the spirit that bound us following the terrorist attacks by participating in community service.

Scotts proclamation for Tuesday:

PATRIOT DAY; SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

WHEREAS, September 11, 2012, marks the 11th anniversary of the unprovoked and horrific terrorist attacks that resulted in the loss of nearly 3,000 citizens of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, we remember the men and women who perished as a result of those horrendous attacks and share the sorrow of their families and loved ones; and

WHEREAS, we thank and honor the bravery and courage of our civilian and military first-responders and emergency personnel for their quick and selfless actions; and

WHEREAS, it is also important to remember the countless men and women of our armed forces who have lost their lives in support of the war on terror, and those who remain steadfast in the commitment to fighting radicalism across the globe; and

WHEREAS, individuals, organizations and communities throughout our country and throughout the state of Florida will gather on this 11th anniversary to perform acts of charity, to pray, and to comfort and support one another as they honor our nation and the memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001; and

WHEREAS, by joint resolution approved December 18, 2001, Public Law 107-89, the Congress of the United States has designated September 11 of each year as Patriot Day, and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress of the United States has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I hereby proclaim September 11, 2012, a National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon the people of our great state to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities to remember and honor those who were killed on September 11, 2001, in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. In addition, I hereby direct the flags of the United States of America and the state of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the state of Florida on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Furthermore, I encourage other governmental entities and interested groups and organizations throughout the state to display the national and state flags at half-staff in observance of Patriot Day, a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.

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