Gov. Ritter orders flags lowered to mark Sept. 11 |

Gov. Ritter orders flags lowered to mark Sept. 11

DENVER ” Gov. Bill Ritter has issued an order for U.S. and Colorado flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff Thursday to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Nearly 3,000 people died when two hijacked jetliners crashed into New York’s World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to collapse; a commandeered jetliner smashed into the Pentagon; and a fourth hijacked plane crashed in western Pennsylvania.

Jason Dahl of Ken Caryl Ranch, Colo., was a pilot on the fourth plane, known as United Flight 93.

Ritter’s order is pursuant to a presidential request.

In December 2001, Congress passed a law designating September 11 as Patriot Day, when it is customary for flags to be lowered.

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