JBE 18-05

Flags at Half-Staff

WHEREAS,   on Wednesday afternoon, February 14, 2018, 17 people were killed, with at least 15 more hospitalized, as a result of the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida;

WHEREAS,  as a mark of solemn respect, President Trump issued a Proclamation on February 15, 2018, ordering the flag of the United States to be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds until sunset, February 19, 2018; and

WHEREAS,  Louisianans mourn with all whose loved ones were killed and injured in this horrible tragedy in Parkland, Florida.

NOW THEREFORE, I, JOHN BEL EDWARDS, 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 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, 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 until sunset on Monday, February 19, 2018.

SECTION 2:  This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until sunset, Monday, February 19, 2018, unless amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded prior to that date.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 15th day of February, 2018.

John Bel Edwards

Tom Schedler
Secretary of State