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Flags at half-staff for Patriot Day, Tuesday

Flags have been ordered at half-staff at all government buildings from sunrise to sunset.

Flags have been ordered at half-staff at all government buildings from sunrise to sunset.

Flags will be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in recognition of Patriot Day, according to a directive from the White House.

By a joint resolution approved Dec. 18, 2001, (Public Law 107-89) has designated Sept. 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," which also directs the flags be lowered to half-staff for the entire day on Sept. 11.

This is an order issued from Washington, D.C., for all government facilities, and also for private individuals.

HISTORY

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush proclaimed Friday Sept. 14, 2001, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

A bill to make Sept. 11 a national day of mourning was introduced in the U.S. House on Oct. 25, 2001, by Rep. Vito Fossella, R-New York, with 22 co-sponsors, among them 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans.

The bill requested that the President designate Sept. 11 of each year as Patriot Day. Joint Resolution 71 passed the House by a vote of 407–0, with 25 members not voting.

The bill passed the Senate unanimously on Nov. 30, and President Bush signed the resolution into law on Dec. 18 as Public Law 107–89.

On Sept. 4, 2002, President Bush used the authority of the resolution to proclaim Sept. 11, 2002, as the first Patriot Day.