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Flags fly at half-staff at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. (Photo: Flickr).

Murphy orders flags lowered to remember 9/11 victims

By David Wildstein, September 10 2021 2:01 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy today ordered U.S. and New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff tomorrow in tribute to nearly 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

“Twenty years ago, hundreds of New Jerseyans left home for the last time,” Murphy said. “Their lives were stolen in the September 11th attacks, along with thousands of other innocent men and women.”

Murphy’s order applies to all state buildings and facilities.

“We will never forget those taken from us that day, nor will we forget the sacrifices and efforts of first responders who saved the lives of countless civilians,” he said. “We must also remember all the members of our armed forces and intelligence agencies who have defended our nation during the last 20 years, including those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Identical executive orders were issued in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Former Gov. Chris Christie ordered flags to be lowered on September 11 for seven of his eight years as governor, missing 2015.  His predecessor, Gov. Jon Corzine, did this three times, missing 2007.

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