Gov. Bob McDonnell Issues Proclamation on Anniversary of 9/11

Richmond, VA - Governor Bob McDonnell called for a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m. Wednesday on the 12th anniversary of 9/11.

He also issued a proclamation, recognizing September 11, 2012 as a Day of Remembrance, Patriotism and Prayer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Here is the complete proclamation:

9/11Day of Remembrance, Patriotism and Prayer

WHEREAS, the events ofSeptember 11, 2001 profoundly affected - and continue to affect - all aspectsof our society, and the lives of Virginians, Americans and people across theworld were changed forever following the destruction of the World Trade Centercomplex in New York City, the attack against the Pentagon in Arlington,Virginia, and the crash of Flight 93 in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, twelve yearslater the citizens of our Commonwealth and these United States continue tomourn for the more than three thousand innocent voices that were tragicallysilenced-including 184 in Virginia at the Pentagon-by terrorists on thatinfamous day of death and destruction; and

WHEREAS, it isimperative that we never forget our shock and revulsion at the needlessdestruction, the bravery of our first responders who risked all for theirneighbors, our anguish from the sudden loss of so many precious lives, or howwe as a people did not succumb to a state of fear as the terrorists intended,but instead set aside our differences and united as patriots in our country'shour of need; and

WHEREAS, while wereflect upon the memory of the departed, it is important that we also pause toremember and honor the sacrifices of all those members of our armed forces whohave given their lives in heroic service to our country and all members of ourmilitary who have volunteered to bring those responsible for the 9/11 attacksand their supporters to justice during the Global War on Terror; and

WHEREAS, prayer has longserved as a measure of our nation's strong heritage of faith and has been anindispensable source of moral and spiritual guidance for citizens throughoutour Commonwealth's history, and it is fitting that our Commonwealth reserve aday in which our citizens may reflect and mourn - consistent with their ownfaith traditions - with those who have suffered as a result of terrorism, tohumbly ask God for the strength and fortitude necessary to protect our lives,liberty and property from future transgressions, and to give thanks for thefreedoms with which we as a people are fortunate enough to be blessed;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert F.McDonnell, do hereby recognize September 11, 2013 as a DAY OF REMEMBRANCE,PATRIOTISM AND PRAYER in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and Icall this observance to the attention of all our citizens; and

FURTHERMORE, I urge allcitizens of our Commonwealth to display the flag of the United States ofAmerica wherever possible, and I invite all to witness a one-minute, statewideMoment of Silence starting at 9:37 AM - when American Airlines Flight 77impacted with the Pentagon in our County of Arlington - and I encourage allVirginians to reflect upon the lives lost and heroic sacrifices made on thatfateful eleventh day of September.