Evers orders US, Wisconsin flags to fly at half-staff for 9/11
Armed forces flags to be raised at 9 a.m. Friday at the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial in Kewaskum
MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order Thursday directing that U.S. and Wisconsin flags be flown at half-staff Friday in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the terrorist attacks in New York City, Shanksville, Pa., and Washington, D.C., on Sep. 11, 2001,
“On the 19th anniversary of September 11th, we pay tribute to the those who lost their lives, the survivors and surviving family members and loved ones, and the first responders, volunteers and other countless heroes who responded during a time of great need,” Evers said.
“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,” he said.
Evers urged Wisconsinites who participate in the State Day of Service Friday to follow state Department of Health Services recommendations. Volunteer opportunities, including virtual or low contact activities, are available at the United Way of Wisconsin, Serve Wisconsin and Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association website, as well as in local areas.
Also related to Sept. 11 remembrances will be the raising of armed forces flags at 9 a.m. Friday at the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial being constructed at 1308 Fond du Lac Ave. in Kewaskum.
Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann and his wife, a fellow Army veteran and the county clerk walked across the county to raise the money for the military portion of the memorial.
Schoemann subsequently returned nearly $150,000 of a severance package to the county, and the county board donated $67,000 of that to the memorial. Schoemann’s efforts have raised nearly $140,000 for the memorial.
Among the thousands who died on 9/11 was Andrea Haberman, a graduate of Kewaskum High School and St. Norbert College who was in the World Trade Center’s north tower on a business trip.
Her parents, Gordy and Kathy, initially had planned a scholarship fund in her name. Their story was told in the Mike Nichols book “Just a Few Sleeps Away.”
The Habermans then began an effort to place a permanent remembrance of the terrorist attack with a piece of the north tower as the centerpiece. Community members joined the quest, and a piece of the tower arrived in Kewaskum in 2014.
Last year, Evers signed legislation creating the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial and recognizing the Kewaskum site for it.
Nearly all of the money to complete four phases of the memorial has been raised, ahead of schedule.
The memorial honors those who perished on 9/11, those who responded to 9/11, those who served in the wars after 9/11 and the families left behind.
A “survivor tree seedling, which is a pear tree that survived the Twin Towers’ collapse, also will be planted at the site.
Last Sept. 11, legislation to create the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial Highway was announced. The memorial on Hwy. 28 will go from Hwy. 144 in the town of Farmington, where the Habermans live, to I-41.
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