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Utah Governor orders flags to half-staff to honor victims of attacks in Paris

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Posted at 8:22 PM, Nov 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-15 22:48:45-05

SALT LAKE CITY — In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is ordering the American Flag and the flag of the State of Utah be flown at half-staff through sunset on Thursday, November 19.

Herbert issued the following statement in the press release announcing the move:

“Jeanette and I express our deepest sympathies to the victims in Paris and to all those who will feel the pain and loss from this tragedy for years to come. Through this small gesture, Utahns from across the state demonstrate that our hearts are united in support of the nation of France during this difficult time.”

The Governor’s Office could not immediately say whether or not this was the first time the flags of the United States and Utah have been ordered to half-staff following a tragedy on foreign soil, but they stated it was “obviously a very rare occurrence.”

A vigil was held at the Utah State Capitol Sunday to show support for the people of France, click here for details. 

The French Flag was flown at half-staff at the LDS Church’s Temple Square beginning Saturday.