Gov. Pritzker honors 9/11 victims, first responders on Patriot Day

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker honored the nearly 3,000 victims, first responders and members of the military on the eighteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a proclamation recognizing Sept. 11 as Patriot Day in the state of Illinois.

Additionally, the day requires flags to be flown at half-staff.

“Eighteen years ago, our country faced the deadliest terrorist attack on our soil, and the victims of these abhorrent attacks live forever in our collective consciousness,” Pritzker said. “What I will always remember is how even in the face of immeasurable tragedy, the heroism and generosity of the American people shone through.”

“Tens of thousands of firefighters, police officers, members of our military, volunteers and neighbors came together to rebuild and to heal, knowing that America’s best days are ahead,” the governor continued. “So today, on Patriot Day, let us recommit to fighting against hate and standing stronger as one nation.”

The proclamation directed flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset to honor the heroes of 9/11.

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