EXECUTIVE ORDER D-61-02


WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, the United States of America was the target of terrorists attacks in the worst assault on American soil in our history causing tremendous damage, injury and loss of life in an effort to destroy the American pride and the spirit of democracy; and

WHEREAS, Californians, all citizens of our nation and all peace loving nations of the world have united against the evils of terrorism and hatred; and

WHEREAS, due to the unwavering vigil of law enforcement officers, firefighters and rescue workers; the generous hearts of the multitude of volunteers; and the everyday patriotism of the simple but powerful placement of the American flag we have shown the world our great honor and valor; and

WHEREAS, the events of September 11 have touched the lives of all Californians, and we seek to promote a new era of understanding throughout our diverse community; and

WHEREAS, September 11, 2002, has been proclaimed as "Day of Remembrance;" and

WHEREAS, on September 11, 2002, the State of California will hold a remembrance ceremony at the State Capitol to pay tribute to the victims and honor the heroes who continue to protect our freedoms;

WHEREAS, on September 11, 2002, communities throughout California will hold local remembrance ceremonies; and

WHEREAS, in commemorating the anniversary of this tragedy, all Californians are encouraged to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2002, and participate in memorial events in the community; and

WHEREAS, through civic involvement and volunteerism, and an unwavering effort to communicate with and "know your neighbor," every citizen can do their part to strengthen their community and fight the evils of terrorism; and

WHEREAS, in doing so, we remember the tragic events of the past and look onto the future with hope, strength and courage; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GRAY DAVIS
, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, hereby issue this order to become effective immediately:

IT IS ORDERED that employees, offices and agencies of the State of California are authorized, wherever possible, to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2002, in remembrance of the victims of September 11.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that State agencies with law enforcement officers, firefighters and rescue workers are authorized to permit such personnel to participate on behalf of the State in local remembrance ceremonies on September 11, 2002, as appropriate.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this order shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given to this order.