AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statewide call for a moment on silence on Thursday to honor and remember the victims of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The moment of silence took place on Friday at 7:46 a.m. The Governor also ordered Texas flags across the state be lowered to half-staff.
“I ask all Texans to hold a moment of silence to honor our fellow Americans who tragically lost their lives and for those who were injured in the horrific terror attacks that took place on September 11, 2001,” said Governor Abbott. “We also honor the heroic first responders who selflessly rushed toward danger to save lives and help those in need. Today, as we remember one of the darkest moments in our nation’s history, let us also remember the way Americans united in the face of evil. May that unity and love of country continue to be a guiding light for our nation.”
This year marks the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, among them almost 350 firefighters. In total, more than 400 first responders were killed.
There are ceremonies taking place across San Antonio and throughout the country on Friday.