AUSTIN, TX — Texas Governor Rick Perry has ordered all flags immediately be lowered to half-staff out of respect for those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing Monday.
The following excerpt was posted to the governor's site Tuesday:
Pursuant to an order issued by the President of the United States under 36 USC 10, and acting in my capacity as the Governor of the State of Texas under Chapter 3100 of the Texas Government Code, I hereby direct the immediate lowering of all flags under state control to half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims of the bombing that occurred yesterday in Boston, Massachusetts.
Please notify personnel within your agency and any other state agency, university and governmental leaders of this directive. Flags of the United States and of the State of Texas should remain at half-staff from this date through sunset on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Flags should be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all State of Texas offices and facilities in other states and abroad.
Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties and other political subdivisions are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.
Anita and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the survivors and families touched by this terrible event.