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Gov. Cox orders flags to be lowered in honor of Texas school shooting victims

May 24, 2022, 9:47 PM

A U.S. Secret Service officer lowers the American flag to half staff over the White House following...

A U.S. Secret Service officer lowers the American flag to half staff over the White House following the recent mass shooting at a Texas elementary school on May 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

(Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has ordered the flags at all state facilities to be lowered in honor of the 19 students and two adults who were shot and killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday.

The announcement comes after President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff “at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions” until sunset on May 28, 2022.

“I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”

Click here to read Biden’s full statement.

Following the deadly shooting, the Utah Governor and Lt. Governor released a joint statement, which read in part, “We are absolutely devastated to learn about the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. It’s hard to imagine a more heinous crime.”

Click here to see what other Utah leaders and organizations had to say about the incident.

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Gov. Cox orders flags to be lowered in honor of Texas school shooting victims