American flag displays, memorials and prayerful tributes across Alabama will mark Thursday's second anniversary of the September 11th attacks - - a day for remembering fallen heroes and the innocents who died that terrible day.
The activities calender for this unofficial Patriot Day should be kept full, says Johnny Spann of Winfield. He's the father of Johnny Michael Spann, the C-I-A officer who was the first American killed by the enemy in the war on terrorism in Afghanistan. Spann worries that lack of anniversary activities may signify that Americans are becoming complacent. Governor Bob Riley requested that Alabamians observe a moment of silence at 7:46 a.m., the time the attacks began, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at noon Thursday. Riley also ordered flags on state government offices lowered to half-staff. Though the list of Alabama events isn't as long as last year, people haven't forgotten the thousands of lives lost in the attacks.