WHEREAS, a sequence of terrorist attacks of unprecedented magnitude occurred against the United States and its citizens this date;
WHEREAS, the attacks involved the coordinated hijackings of four (4) commercial passenger aircrafts causing the deaths of sixty-five (65) persons on United Airlines Flight 175, forty-five (45) persons on United Airlines Flight 93, ninety-two (92) persons on American Airlines Flight 11, and sixty-four (64) persons on American Airlines Flight 77;
WHEREAS, the hijacked American Airlines Flights 11 and 77 were flown into the twin 110 story towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, causing the collapse of both towers and a neighboring building, and another commercial passenger aircraft was flown into the Pentagon collapsing a six-story section of the building;
WHEREAS, the death toll and extent of the casualties from these terrorist acts is still unknown, but expected to be extremely high;
WHEREAS, the citizens of the state of Louisiana mourn the loss of those killed and the suffering of those injured and those who lost loved ones due to this national tragedy; and
WHEREAS, Governor M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr., asks all citizens of the state of Louisiana to join him in prayer for all those affected by these terrorist acts;
NOW THEREFORE, I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, and as a means for the citizens of this state to express their sorrow for those killed or injured as a result of the hijackings of American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77, United Airlines Flight 93, and United Airlines Flight 175, the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center and a neighboring building, and the collapse of a section of the Pentagon, do hereby order and direct that the flags of the United States and the state of Louisiana be flown at half- staff over the State Capitol and all public buildings and institutions of the state of Louisiana, until sunset on Sunday, September 16, 2001.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 11th day of September, 2001.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State