Sunday, September 11, 2011 Austin, Texas
On a Tuesday morning 10 years ago, we watched in horror as terrorists hìjacked four of our commercial airliners, attacked the United States and killed nearly 3,000 civilians on our soil. Two thousand miles away from that attack, 73 emergency response professionals in Central Texas - members of the Texas Task Force i, the state's elite search team - were among the first to respond to the call for help with search-and-rescue operations.
In the aftermath, we witnessed heroic rescue efforts, a surge of patriotism and a display of great dignity. People at home and abroad rallied together in support, proudly flying American flags in unity and reverence. We rose above the ashes with courage and compassion. Our country demonstrated an optimism that no attack could weaken.
The Texas Legislature has designated September 11 of every year to be Texas First Responders Day to honor emergency aid professionals. As we remember the parents, children, brothers and sisters whose lives were tragically cut short by these attacks, let us also acknowledge the men and women who bravely stepped up to serve following those attacks.
THEREFORE, I urge all Texans to honor the profound sacrifices and dedication of our peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical responders. Every day here in Texas, they answer the call for help and offer invaluable services that bring relief and comfort during the worst of circumstances. First Lady Anita Peny joins me in extending our deep gratitude to them on this day and every day.
THEREFORE, I, Rick Perry, Govemor of Texas, do hereby proclaim September 11 ,2011, to be
Texas First Responders Day
in Texas, and urge the appropriate recognition whereof.
In official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this the 6th day of September, 2011,.
Governor of Texas
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