WHEREAS, every year, on September 11th, the people of Louisiana recognize and honor all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, as well as the heroic men and women who sacrificed their lives through civilian and military service in connection with related ongoing overseas combat operations;
WHEREAS, since September 11, 2001, the people of Louisiana have lost many brave men and women in these combat operations and more are currently risking their lives daily in defense of our freedom;
WHEREAS, September 11, 2013, marks the twelve year anniversary of the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001, and provides a special opportunity for remembering their patriotic commitment to the democratic principles of freedom and equality;
WHEREAS, these service members represent all branches of the armed forces, the Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves;
WHEREAS, these courageous and ambitious Louisianians loved their country and the military and devoted their lives to serving their state and country;
WHEREAS, all tragically lost their lives giving their last full measure of devotion in defense of our beloved country and the freedoms that we as Americans hold dear;
WHEREAS, the memory of these dedicated men and women will live on in the hearts of their family, friends, and fellow service members forever.
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: As an expression of respect for Louisiana’s fallen civilian and service members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and the days since to defend this country, as well as those who continue to proudly serve, the flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana shall be flown at half staff over the State Capitol and all public buildings and institutions of the State of Louisiana from sunrise September 11, 2013, until sunset September 11, 2013.
SECTION 2: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated or rescinded.
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 10th day of September, 2013.
Secretary of State