The flags at the Veterans Memorial and around the City will be lowered to half staff at 8 a.m. and will remain until 5 p.m. at which time they will be raised full staff by the Hopkins County Marine Corps League.
The Marine Corps League is following a directive from Governor Greg Abbott and President Donald Trump concerning the flying of flags on September 11, 2018. The event marks a remembrance of September 11, 2001 when 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.