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Granholm asks for 9/11 moment of silence

Sept. 9, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm encourages Michigan citizens to remember the victims and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, by lowering flags and observing a moment of silence Monday. the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.

Granholm signed a proclamation Friday ordering flags to be flown at half-staff Monday Sept. 11, 2006. In the proclamation, the governor also encouraged citizens to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment at which hijacked American Airlines Flight 11, traveling at nearly 500 miles per hour, slammed into Tower One of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

"In the aftermath and shock of that horrific day, the extraordinary spirit of American patriotism was reflected in the bravery of the victims and their families, the first responders who risked their lives to ensure the safety of others, and in citizens of all walks of life, united in sadness, who gave of themselves to those in need," Granholm said. "That bravery, selfless service and giving spirit ultimately made a torn nation whole again."

Employee groups at Western Michigan University are sponsoring a service at noon Monday, Sept. 11, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place in Goldsworth Valley near the 9/11 memorial erected by the employee groups in September 2002.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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