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Gov. Quinn proclaims 9/11 as day of service and remembrance

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn joined Gold Star families Sunday to honor the sacrifices that Illinois service members have made in the global war against terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001. Governor Quinn unveiled the Portrait of a Soldier Memorial exhibit this morning at DePaul University in Chicago.

"As we observe the anniversary of one of America's darkest days, we must remember those who have given their lives to protect our country and the debt we owe them that can never be repaid," Governor Quinn said. "I am proud today to stand with some of Illinois' true heroes, our Gold Star families, as we honor the sacrifice they and their loved ones have made." 

The governor's office says the Portrait of a Soldier Memorial exhibit, which has been viewed by thousands of people throughout Illinois, is a series of hand-drawn portraits of more than 250 Illinois men and women who have died in service to our country since Sept. 11, 2001.

Governor Quinn is urging Illinois residents to pause today and recognize the servicemen and servicewomen who have lost their lives fighting for democracy overseas and the thousands of Illinois troops that have served around the world in the 10 years since September 11, 2011. All state buildings have been directed to fly their flags at half-mast from sunrise to sunset. 

In recognition of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Governor Quinn also proclaimed today a day of service and remembrance.

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