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For Immediate Release: April 17, 2018

Legislature Declares September 11 as Patriot Day

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June 27 also designated as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day.

JUNEAU – The Alaska Legislature 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–everyone who demonstrated courage and sacrifice on that day.”

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 should never forget our fellow Americans who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation since that tragic day in 2001,” said Sen. Meyer. “Alaska-based military personnel have fought terrorists abroad–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.”

The bill also establishes June 27 of each year as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day, with the goal of promoting awareness of those suffering from post-traumatic stress, and to encourage Alaskans to provide support and eliminate the stigma associated with disorder.

SB 152 is now on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

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

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