In honor of the women and men who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Governor Laura Kelly issued a proclamation recognizing today as Service and Remembrance Day in Kansas.

“Today marks the 20th anniversary of this horrific tragedy that took the lives of so many of our fellow countrymen and women, including many first responders who gave everything to help others,” Governor Kelly said. “Let’s honor all of those who lost their lives on this infamous day – and thank our country’s police officers, firefighters, EMTs, members of the United States Military, and all other emergency service workers who continue dedicating their lives to protecting and serving the people of our communities.”

The proclamation reads:


WHEREAS, the State of Kansas and the citizens of our great state join with our fellow Americans across the nation in honoring and remembering those who lost their lives in the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001; and

WHEREAS, the events of that day unified the nation against terrorism and threats to the safety and security of the United States and strengthened our resolve to do anything in our power to prevent further tragedies from ever happening again; and

WHEREAS, we commend the firefighters, police, first responders, and ordinary citizens who courageously risked their lives that fateful day, and we honor the men and women of our Armed Forces who have fought tirelessly for the past twenty years to keep us safe from further attacks in our homeland; and

WHEREAS, today we remember the lives that were lost, honor the heroic actions taken by our first responders, and thank the members of our military for their continued service and sacrifice.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Laura Kelly, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2021, as Service and Remembrance Day in Kansas and I encourage all citizens to participate in community service and observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 22, 2001.”

View the proclamation here.