Governor Tom Corbett today issued a proclamation and the following statement in honor of Patriot Day, remembering those who were killed and injured during the terrorist attacks in America on this date in 2001.
“As we mark Patriot Day, it is fitting to remember that the first battlefield in the War on Terror was a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and its first soldiers were the brave passengers aboard United Flight 93,’’ Corbett said.
“A love of country and personal courage flow in the veins of every American, and so it is fitting that we honor this very American trait. While we lower the flag to half-staff in honoring those we lost, we remember that love of country and freedom never waver in the hearts of our people.’’
President George W. Bush and U.S. Congress designated this date, Patriot Day, a national day of service and remembrance, in honor of the thousands killed and wounded during the terrorist attacks on America.
Corbett ordered U.S. and Pennsylvania flags lowered to half-staff at the Capitol Complex and all commonwealth facilities today. Both flags are to be flown at full-staff on Thursday.