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Governor Perdue declares Sept. 11th Day of Service and Remembrance; asks public to serve community

State of NC

Governor Bev Perdue has ordered that all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today.   The order is in recognition of Patriot Day, which President Obama is expected to declare as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.   WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports on how the Governor is asking the public’s help in honoring military families and veterans.

35 percent of North Carolina’s population is military – whether veteran, spouse, parent or dependent.   That’s according to the Governor’s office. 

Today, Perdue is meeting with post 9/11, Vietnam and World War II veterans and signing a proclamation that declares Sept. 11th as a day of service and remembrance.  As part of that, the Governor is asking the public to pay tribute to veterans and military families in two ways:  by doing some form of community service and by sending personalized e-thank you notes to veterans through her website.  The messages will be distributed to the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center and the Family Readiness Group of the North Carolina National Guard.

To send your own e-thank you note through the Governor’s office, click here or visit the Governor's website at http://www.governor.state.nc.us/events/dayOfService/default.aspx. 

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.