Gov. Evers orders flags lowered on  9/11

    Flag at half staff (phot by Circe Denyer, public domain CC0)
    Flag at half staff (phot by Circe Denyer, public domain CC0)

    Gov. Tony Evers ordered flags of the United States and Wisconsin flown at half-staff Friday in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the attacks of Sept. 11 2001 and in honor of the State Day of Service.

    “On the 19th anniversary of Sept. 11, we pay tribute to those who lost their lives, the survivors and surviving family members and loved ones, and the first responders, volunteers, and countless heroes who responded during a time of great need,” Evers said in a statement upon issuing Executive Order #88, lowering the flags.

    “We continue to strive  toward that which has held us together when tragedy strikes, our resilience, our spirit of service, and the resolve to find strength through unity and purpose.”Wisconsinites can participate in the State Day of Service by engaging in volunteer activities in their communities. A list of activities is available at the Volunteer Wisconsin website.

    Ruth Conniff
    Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine where she worked for many years from both Madison and Washington, DC. Shortly after Donald Trump took office she moved with her family to Oaxaca, Mexico, and covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Trump. Conniff is a frequent guest on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television outlets. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She graduated from Yale University in 1990, where she ran track and edited the campus magazine The New Journal. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters.