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For Immediate Release: February 07, 2018

Senate Designates September 11 as Patriot Day

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JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate today unanimously passed a bill establishing September 11 of each year as Patriot Day.

On September 11, 2001, the United States suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives and more than 6,000 were injured.

“Patriot Day honors the men and women who came to the rescue on September 11, 2001,” said Sen. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage) the bill’s sponsor. “This bill is about recognizing members of law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical responders, doctors, nurses, first responders, and ordinary citizens – all who demonstrated courage and sacrifice on that day.”

In addition, SB 152 requests the Governor of the State of Alaska to order the observation of Patriot Day and to display the U.S. flag at half-staff in honor of those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

“We also shouldn’t forget that many of our fellow Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation since 2001,” said Sen. Meyer. “Alaska-based soldiers have been deployed to fight terrorists abroad – even as recently as the September deployment of the 4-25th Brigade from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson – on a mission that truly began on Sept. 11, 2001.”

SB 152 is now on its way to the Alaska House of Representatives for consideration.

For more information, contact Senate Majority Press Secretary Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.

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