BISMARCK --  Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Tuesday, and encouraged North Dakota residents to do the same, in memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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It is the 17th anniversary of the attacks.

The governor’s directive follows a joint resolution of Congress authorizing and requesting the President to designate Sept. 11 of each year as Patriot Day and direct flags to be lowered to half-staff for the entire day.

Americans also are encouraged to observe a moment of silence at 7:46 a.m. to honor the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks.