Mayor, governor invite public to take part in 9/11 service

Mayor Maryanne Kusaka along with Gov. Ben Cayetano and the mayors of Hawai’i’s other counties have declared that a solemn statewide ceremony to honor the victims of the attacks on America in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. last Sept. 11 will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The event will feature a statewide bell ringing at 10:05 a.m. followed by a moment of silence at 10:06 a.m.

As part of the ceremony, the public is being asked to step outside of their homes, schools and workplaces to observe the moment of silence.

“If you can, please step outside and link hands for a few moments with one another in a tribute to the victims of the tragedy,” said Cayetano in a press release. “Or, understandably, some might choose to reflect on their own on this solemn day. The important thing is to never forget what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.”

The day has been designated as Patriot Day by Congress, and flags will be lowered to half-staff in Hawai’i as a tribute to the victims of Sept. 11 and as a symbol of Hawai’i’s sorrow for the families and friends who survived the horrific attacks.

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