City lowers flags to mark 9/11 anniversary
September 11, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 11, 2012
City leaders lowered flags to half-staff at Issaquah City Hall and other municipal buildings Tuesday to commemorate 11 years since the 9/11 attacks.
The federal government and local governments across the United States lowered flags at public buildings for the day, officially called Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
The flags should remain at half-staff until late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
“More than a decade later, the world we live in is forever changed,” President Barack Obama said in a proclamation to commemorate the anniversary. “But as we mark the anniversary of Sept. 11, we remember what remains the same: our character as a nation, our faith in one another, and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness.”
Other elected leaders also marked the anniversary.
“As we mark this solemn occasion, we do not need urging to remember the horror of that day: We will not and cannot ever forget it,” U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, lawmaker for Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District, said in a statement. “What we must remember is that on that day, just as in the days before and after, countless men and women were ready and willing to stand up for us, fight for us and protect us.”
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said the day offered a chance to honor the lives lost in the attacks.
“Although we lost so much, we got through it and came together as a nation,” she said in a statement. “And we have seen that the United States has so many heroes willing to sacrifice so much to protect our families and the freedoms that were attacked 11 years ago today, including those in uniform serving in Afghanistan and across the globe. On Sept. 11, as on all days, we should recommit to supporting our veterans and making sure they have the support and services they’ve earned when they come back home.”
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell paid tribute to Americans’ resilience after the tragedy.
“Our loss is still felt in the empty seats at dinner tables and high school graduations, in the missing colleagues at firehouses and police stations, and in the neighborhoods where loved ones never came home,” she said in a statement. “But for all the destruction that took place on 9/11, our enemies’ mission failed. Because on that day and the years that have followed, Americans have come together to show our resolve and resilience as a nation.”
In 2011, Issaquah marked 10 years since the attacks at a public ceremony on the Issaquah Community Center lawn.