Monday morning, in coordination with the proclamation of President Donald J. Trump, Gov. Gary R. Herbert ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah effective immediately in solemn memory of those killed in the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The governor has issued the following statement:
“Jeanette and I mourn with the people of Pittsburgh and Jewish communities across the world in the wake of this weekend’s shooting. I grew to love the people of Pittsburgh as a young man when I served there as a volunteer representative for my church. I admire their close families, their work ethic and their cultural diversity. My prayers are with the families who lost loved ones. Our houses of worship should be places of refuge and peace, and it is devastating to see this peace so cruelly attacked. I am heartsick at the open contempt and violent bigotry on display throughout our country.”
Flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and public grounds from sunrise until sunset through Wed., Oct. 31, 2018. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time.