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“We pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent lives taken 13 years ago in the worst act of terrorism committed on American soil.
“On this tragic anniversary, we honor the memories of the victims, reflect on the heroism of our fellow Americans and recognize the unfaltering resilience of our nation. We will never forget the brave passengers of United Flight 93; the men and women who lost their lives on the planes and at the World Trade Center and Pentagon; and the first responders who sacrificed their lives to save strangers. We also should remember the millions of Americans across this nation who came together in prayer, pride and patriotism – standing strong in the face of such evil. Our nation’s response to that fateful day, as well as that of our freedom loving friends and allies who stood with America, is a solemn but important reminder that liberty will always conquer tyranny, and that we must remain vigilant in protecting our values and our people.
“This day is a further reminder that terrorism persists throughout the world, as we also remember the four Americans murdered on September 11, 2012, in the barbaric attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As always, special recognition is due for the men and women of our nation’s armed forces who have fought, and who continue to fight, to defend the United States against enemies of freedom. We forever honor and support our military in their noble and just mission, and we are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice.
“I have ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol and all state public buildings and institutions from sunrise until sunset on September 11, 2014. I encourage all individuals, businesses and other organizations to join in this tribute.”
The official days to fly the flag during the month of September include - Tuesday, Sept. 2 in honor of the day Japan signed the formal surrender to the U.S. during World War II; Thursday, Sept. 11, Patriot Day (flag at half-staff); Wednesday, Sept. 17, Constitution Day; and Sunday, Sept. 28, Gold Star Mother’s Day.
On Aug. 27 and 28, 300 long-distance motorcycle riders will converge on Tucson for the 39th annual Three Flags Classic tour. Riders from all over the USA and Canada will leave Tucson early Friday morning of Labor Day weekend and travel the West’s backroads to Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. Their four-day, 2,300-mile journey will take them through parts of Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Riders stop and overnight wherever they want, but need to make checkpoints during their operational hours.
There are no official days to fly the flag in August.
1. Strikes ease under Palestinian-Israelis humanitarian truce
When former Marana High School teammates Toby Bourguet and Sean Roebuck agreed to play on a competitive flag football team, little did they know it was going to drastically changed their lives. More importantly, it changed their children’s lives.
Approximately 100 people attended the annual Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 Flag Day ceremony in SaddleBrooke on June 12.
Flag escorts include Peggy Nelson, left, Bruce Nelson, American Legion Post 132 1st Vice Commander Steve Asp, Sons of the American Revolution (Al Neimeyer, Lance Dickinson), Buffalo Soldiers (Reg. Sgt. Maj. Aaron Plump, Reg. Sgt. Maj. William McCurtis).
1. Israel steps up airstrikes after volley of rocket fire from Gaza
As a child, John Faruolo’s friends flocked to his house to play wiffle ball. Decades later, nothing has changed, though the facilities have been upgraded.
(StatePoint) The warm weather and long summer days offer the perfect opportunity to take a break from the daily grind. Ironically though, many find vacation planning to be a source of stress.
Official days to fly the flag in June are: Flag Day/Army Day – Saturday, June 14; Fathers’ Day – Sunday, June 15.
(BPT) - Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate? Azodicarbonamide? Sodium Benzoate? Most people will agree that you shouldn’t need a chemistry degree to read and understand what goes into your favorite foods. A simple glance at the average ingredient label, however, can be a confusing sight. This begs the question: If you can’t pronounce it, should you be eating it?
The public is invited to attend the annual Flag Day celebration sponsored by Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 and SaddleBrooke HOA #1 on Thursday, June 12, at 9 a.m. in front of the SaddleBrooke Clubhouse at 64500 SaddleBrooke Blvd.
“On Monday, Arizonans and Americans will unite in remembrance and reverence of the noble men and women who have served our country, generation after generation, to secure our independence, preserve our values and defend our security.
“Memorial Day is a special and solemn reminder that, as President Reagan once articulated, ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.’ Let us reflect on these powerful words as we pay gratitude to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen who have fought – and continue to fight – to protect our uniquely American liberties.
“Our nation is eternally blessed to have men and women who answer the call of duty selflessly and without expectation of recognition or praise. Day after day, they wear the uniform because they are genuinely committed to something greater than themselves. Their willingness to lay down their lives is a stark but important reminder of why the United States is a truly exceptional nation.
“In commemoration of Memorial Day – and in honor of the heroes who have served and sacrificed for our country throughout history – I have ordered that all state flags be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 26, 2014.”
The flag-folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our great country was originally founded.
Official days to fly the flag in May are: Mothers’ Day, Sunday, May 11, Thursday, May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day (1/2 staff), Saturday, May 17, Armed Forces Day and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, (1/2 staff until noon).
Throughout May, there are several dates scheduled to hang the flag high, including Memorial Day later this month.
(StatePoint) If you are the parent of an older child or teen, you may not think about his or her day-to-day medical needs as often as you did during early childhood. But older kids also are dependent on you, especially when it comes to emotional health and wellness.
(Family Features) Cinco de Mayo is one flavorful fiesta and while it may land on a Monday this year, that doesn't mean you can't have some fun.
1. Ferry sinks off South Korean coast
There is a job that only about four percent of the population is qualified and capable of doing. At this very moment, there are at least two people in Oro Valley and two in Marana who are doing it. This is the job as a police 911 operator and dispatcher.