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September 10, 2008                            
Governor Rell Asks State Residents to Observe Moment
of Silence and Lower Flags on September 11
To mark the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America, Governor M. Jodi Rell has proclaimed September 11, 2008, a Day of Remembrance in Connecticut.
The Governor asks that state residents observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. on Thursday, the time the first hijacked airliner crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City seven years ago.  The Governor also directed that U.S. and State of Connecticut flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise through sundown on September 11.
“The Day of Remembrance honors the loved ones lost on the day of the terrorist attacks by encouraging all of our citizens to keep the victims’ memories alive through these observances,” Governor Rell said. “The seven years that have passed since we lost those innocent lives may not have softened the pain of the victims’ families, but we hope the small acts of kindness that reflect our community of spirit will continue to convey our support and provide a measure of comfort.
“Seven years ago, the fabric of our nation was sorely tested,” the Governor said. “We responded by becoming a more compassionate nation, a nation of resolve and a nation made stronger by both reflecting on and acting on the events of that tragic day.
“This anniversary is a time to remember that if sorrow cannot be solved, it can still be shared.  We can honor the victims by remembering the strength of the human spirit that helped our nation move forward from tragedy with great sorrow and great courage. The lessons of one of the worst days in America’s history were learned in the most painful way and they must never be forgotten.”
Governor Rell led an official state service at the Living Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park memorial in Westport on September 8.  The memorial honors the 156 people with Connecticut ties who died on September 11, 2001.