Flags at Half Staff
WHEREAS, a tragic incident occurred on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon, located approximately 40-miles off the Louisiana Coast on April 20th 2010;
WHEREAS, eleven workers are unaccounted for and the Coast Guard discontinued their search;
WHEREAS, the eleven workers were from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas;
WHEREAS, a number of workers were hurt and several were critically injured;
WHEREAS, the hearts and prayers of all Louisianians are with the families and the victims of the Deepwater Horizon; and
WHEREAS, approximately 35,000 people work in the Gulf of Mexico each day to provide the energy needed to power our country;
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: As an expression of respect for those unaccounted for workers of the Deepwater Horizon, 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 building and institutions of the State of Louisiana until sunset on Monday, May 3, 2010.
SECTION 2: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until sunset, Monday, May 3, 2010, unless amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded prior to that date.
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 26th day of April, 2010.
Secretary of State