Flags at Half Staff
WHEREAS, a United States Air Force B-52 bomber has crashed off the coast of Guam in the central Pacific on July 21, 2008, with its crew;
WHEREAS, the B-52 bomber was based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana;
WHEREAS, of the six dedicated members of the crew, at least two have died in the crash; and
WHEREAS, the brave men and women in armed services are our first line of defense against any calamity that threatens our safety, and should be treated with nothing but utmost respect and appreciation;
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: As an expression of respect of those dedicated service members of the crew who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation, effective immediately, the flags of the United States and the state of Louisiana shall be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol, and all public buildings and institutions of the state of Louisiana within a 10-mile radius of the Barksdale Air Force Base, until sunset on August 11, 2008.
SECTION 2: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 22nd day of July, 2008.
Secretary of State