Governor authorizes lowering of flags for victims of Southern Utah flash floods

SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the State of Utah at all state facilities in observance of the two tragic incidents in Hildale and Zion National Park.

The flags will be lowered to half-staff at sunset Thursday until sunset Friday to honor the lives lost and serve as a tribute to the first responders who came to their aid.

“I join with other Utahns in mourning the tragedy in Washington County and Zion National Park,” Gov. Herbert said. “Jeanette and I send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones. I thank the first responders, volunteers and other officials involved in the recovery effort.”

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7 Comments

  • Accountable September 17, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    It’s a beautiful gesture to fly our flags at half-staff in respect and mourning for all of the victims of this tragedy. Well done.

    • native born new mexican September 18, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Well said accountable.

      • 42214 September 18, 2015 at 11:02 am

        I figured you’d be in favor of disrespecting the flag.

  • 42214 September 17, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I’m sure you’ll blast me as bad guy but this violates protocol for lowering the flag.http://www.usflag.org/nff.half.staff.html.
    It is a tragedy of huge proportions and the Govenor has the authority but it is not intended for circumstances like these. You may not like the message but I’m sure you’ll take it out on the messenger.

    • Dexter September 18, 2015 at 5:54 am

      Oh I’m sure he will

  • SteveSGU September 17, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    And let’s not forget the third tragedy of the young man apparently washed away between Hurricane and Washington. (Was that on the Fort Pearce road somewhere?)

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