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Local, statewide observances held for Sept. 11

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Public and private remembrances will be held Wednesday in East Texas to commemorate the twelfth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Governor Perry has asked state and local governments to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities.

All Texas and U.S. flags will be flown at half-staff Wednesday.

Governor Perry has asked everyone in Texas to observe a personal moment of silence to remember the terrorist attacks, honor the victims, and reflect upon the meaning of the day.

And for the first time since September 11, 2001, a new law passed by the Texas Legislature last spring will affect how Texas public schools will commemorate the 9/11 attacks.

House Bill 1501, introduced by Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, says that when 9/11 falls on a regular school day, each public elementary and secondary school will observe a minute of silence at the beginning of first period class.

Immediately before the minute of silence, a class instructor will make a statement of reference to the memory of the people who died on September 11, 2001.

In Tyler Wednesday morning, a ceremony will be held to mark the twelfth anniversary of the attacks.

The ceremony will be conducted by Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass and honor guards from the police and fire departments.

The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. outside Tyler City Hall on North Bonner Avenue.

Also, the Kilgore Fire Academy will honor the memory of 9/11's fallen firefighters at its graduation ceremony Wednesday night.

The ceremony is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Bert E. Woodruff Adult Education Center in Kilgore.

Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt and Texas Assistant State Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner will be speaking.

Fifteen new firefighters will graduate Wednesday as they honor the 343 firefighters who gave their lives 12 years ago.

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