Gov. Herbert orders flags to half-staff to honor victims in Brussels, Belgium attack

Posted at 4:09 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 18:09:58-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary R. Herbert ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America to half-staff throughout the state in honor of victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Brussels, Belgium.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the attacks claimed the lives of 20 people at a metro station and at least 10 more at the international airport, according to CNN.

ISIS claimed responsibility.

Herbert released the following statement:

“Jeanette and I, along with the three million residents of Utah are absolutely heartbroken to learn of this terrible tragedy. We are again reminded that the world we live in is a dangerous place, a place where the War on Terror has never ceased. We join with the rest of the world at this time in mourning for the people of Belgium.

“It is not uncommon for innocent victims to be targeted in these terrorist attacks, but seldom do we see people of faith who have forsaken everything—family, friends, school and careers—in order to share a message of hope and love with the world also fall victim. To the Norby, Empey and Wells families, please know that the state of Utah is united in prayer at this time for the health and well-being of your missionaries. As Utahns, we stand together with our fellow Americans and those around the world in our resolve to put an end to these acts of terror.”

The flags will be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on March 26.