Flags at Half Staff

WHEREAS, the Honorable Walter Fox McKeithen, Secretary of State, state of Louisiana, from 1987 to 2005, died July 16, 2005, at the age of 58; and

WHEREAS, Secretary of State McKeithen was a dedicated public servant who will be forever remembered for his leadership in modernizing the Secretary of State's Office and bringing it into the 21st century;

NOW THEREFORE, I KATHLEEN BABINEAUX BLANCO, 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 of the citizens of the state of Louisiana for Secretary of State Walter Fox McKeithen, 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 until sunset on Tuesday, July 19, 2005.

SECTION 2: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended; modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.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 18th day of July, 2005.

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco

Al Ater
Secretary of State