Statement of Alaska Governor Tony Knowles
On today's apparent terrorist attack on the United States

"September 11, 2001 is a terrible day of tragedy for our nation - another day of infamy - that will forever be etched in the minds of Americans. As we respond to this terrible deed, our first responsibility must be to the victims and their families. I know the thoughts and prayers of every Alaskan go out to them. And I know every Alaskan is willing to pitch in on the massive recovery effort that will be necessary to help bring their lives back together as best we can.

"This is a time when Americans pull together and we will do so as we've always done. We will respond to these attacks and we will ready America to protect our nation and our people as best we can against future such attacks.

"We are taking every precaution and working with all appropriate authorities to safeguard the lives and health of Alaskans. State employees across Alaska are doubling their efforts to make our transportation, communications and health systems safe and operating normally.

"Many Alaskans have asked about lowering the state flag in memory of the victims of these deliberate attacks. That is certainly an appropriate response, but as this is an attack on us as a nation, it is important that we respond as a nation. I am certain that the President will declare a national period of mourning and remembrance and Alaska will lower its flags then as part of a unified national response to this national tragedy."

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