RI Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Lives Lost in 9-11 Attacks

PROVIDENCE, RI – On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, Governor Dan McKee and Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos have released the following statements:

“On the 20th anniversary of September 11th, we pause in solemn remembrance of those we lost on that fateful day, including nine of our fellow Rhode Islanders,” said Governor McKee. “We remember all the courageous service men and women who have since made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. They are gone, but never forgotten. As Rhode Islanders, we remain unwavering in our commitment to their families and loves ones.

We pay tribute to the selfless acts of our first responders and the ordinary people who committed unparalleled acts of bravery to save the lives of people that they did not know. We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.

Let us also reflect on the courage and unity that guided us through difficult times and remember that even when we are faced with tragedy, the American spirit is strong and cannot be broken. Our hearts are with everyone who is grieving today.”

“Two decades have passed yet the wounds of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath remain open for many here in Rhode Island and around the country,” said Lieutenant Governor Matos. “I’m not sure those wounds can ever be healed, but my prayer is that the loved ones of all those who perished on that day or from the after effects of the attacks, or in the 20 years-long war on terror, know that we honor their sacrifice. As Rhode Islanders, we will gather to honor the memories of those lives lost, and I hope that will provide some solace to those in pain. We will never forget.”

Governor McKee has directed U.S. and Rhode Island flags to be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and buildings on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Governor McKee also asks Rhode Islanders to lower their flags as a sign of respect. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

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