Governor orders flags at half-staff to honor Va. Tech

(April 18, 2007)--Gov. Rick Perry yesterday directed that flags be flown at half-staff to honor the lives of the victims of the Monday shootings at Virginia Tech University.

"Anita and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the students, faculty and families affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech," Perry said. "The loss of these innocent lives weighs heavy on the hearts of Texans and all Americans."

The governor's directive applies to U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and on public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state from Tuesday until sunset Sunday, April 22.

Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties and other political subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

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