Events are scheduled in Bismarck on Wednesday and later in the week to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Gov. Doug Burgum also has directed all government agencies to fly the U.S. and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Wednesday to honor those who lost their lives in the attacks. Burgum also is encouraging North Dakota residents to do the same.
The governor’s directive is in accordance with a joint resolution of Congress authorizing and requesting the president to designate Sept. 11 of each year as Patriot Day and direct flags to be lowered to half-staff for the entire day. Americans also are encouraged to observe a moment of silence at 7:46 a.m. Central time to honor the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks.
“Our nation was forever changed by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, but the courage and heroism displayed by the firefighters, police officers, EMTs and rescue workers who risked their lives to save others endures in our dedicated first responders and military service members,” Burgum said.
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Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, the North Dakota adjutant general, on Wednesday will host a Remembrance Prayer Service to honor North Dakota's fallen military service members and their families. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the Memorial to the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism, at the entrance to Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. The memorial dedicated 10 years ago on Sept. 11, 2009, honors 28 North Dakota service members who were killed in the Global War on Terror.
Prior to the ceremony, attendees can participate in an "Old Glory" run/walk/bike/blade event that will begin at Bismarck's Pioneer Park at 6:15 p.m. and end at the memorial.
The 2019 North Dakota 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the state Capitol to honor each of the 343 New York firefighters who died that day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford will be among the speakers to address the climbers at 9 a.m.