Statewide, Iowa — It’s been fourteen years since the terrorist attacks known worldwide as “9/11”.
Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad has ordered flags be flown at half-staff Friday, September 11, 2015, from 8 AM to 5 PM, in remembrance of those killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Flags will be flown at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.
On September 11, 2001, four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists to be flown into buildings. Two of the planes were crashed into the World Trade Center Towers in New York City, which both collapsed within two hours. A third plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC. A fourth plane was apparently also headed to Washington, but its passengers attempted to overtake the hijackers, and the plane crashed in a field in Pensylvania.
In all, nearly 3000 Americans lost their lives in the attacks.