Governor Bob Riley is directing flags to be flown at half-staff on state government buildings Thursday to honor those who lost their lives and gave their lives during the September 11 terrorist attacks seven years ago.
The Governor is also encouraging local governments and schools to fly their flags at half-staff on their buildings.
A joint resolution approved by Congress in 2001 designates September 11 of each year as Patriot Day.
Flags on all federal buildings will be flown at half-staff by order of President Bush.
"On Patriot Day, we will come together as a nation to remember those who were taken from us by this tragedy. We will also honor the men and women who protect our country and our communities every day. Alabama will always be grateful for their service." said Governor Riley.
Flags will return to flying at full-staff on Friday.