In accordance with the proclamation from the President of the United States, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah effective immediately in honor of Sen. John McCain. The flags should be flown until sunset on Sun., Sept. 2, when Sen. McCain will be laid to rest.
The governor has issued the following statement:
“We are going to miss Sen. McCain’s influence in the world of national politics. He leaves some big shoes to fill in the Senate. We will miss his candor, or as he called, it, his ‘straight talk.’ You always knew where Sen. McCain stood. He never wavered — not as a P.O.W. in Vietnam — not in all his years in the Senate. Politicians today could learn from his example and take heed of his counsel. Sen. McCain always stood for what he believed was right. May we always do the same.”
Flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and public grounds from sunrise until sunset from now until Sun., Sept. 2. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time.