Rendell Orders Flags Statewide at Half-Staff for Arizona Shooting Victims

Flags to fly at half staff until Friday

Governor Edward G. Rendell today ordered all U.S. and Pennsylvania flags statewide to be flown at half-staff to honor of the victims of a deadly shooting that occurred Jan. 8, in Tucson, Arizona.

On Saturday, a gunman opened fire at a constituent event held by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, killing six people and wounding 14 others. Rep. Giffords, who police say was targeted for assassination, was critically wounded.

Killed were U.S. District Judge John Roll, 63; Gabe Zimmerman, 30; DorothyMorris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, also 76; Phyllis Scheck, 79 and Christina Taylor Greene, 9.

President Barack Obama ordered all U.S. flags lowered and asked all Americans to observe of a moment of silence at 11 a.m. today.

Flags should remain at half-staff through sunset on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011.


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  1. Disgusted says:

    Amazing! A National Hero, Maj. Dick Winters, who commanded Easy Company during WWII, and about whom the series Band of Brothers was based, died recently. His death was announced today. Remarkably, our Governor and President order the lowering of the US and State flags to half staff in honor civilian victims of a shooting, but have made no mention of Maj. Winters. Are we now lowering flags to honor victimization or heros?

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