**HALF-STAFF ALERT** Explosion in West – State of Texas, April 25, 2013

Thursday, April 25th, 2013 TX – West, Texas Explosion Victims

April 23, 2013 State of Texas – Office of the Governor

Dear Commander Ortiz,

The State of Texas has been deeply affected by the injuries and loss of life that resulted from the recent explosion in the city of West. It seems fitting that flags should be flown at half-staff on the day of the memorial service as a mark of respect for all those perished, including the brave souls who gave their lives while protecting their neighbors.

Therefore, pursuant to Texas Government of Code Chapter 3100 and acting in my capacity as the Governor of the State of Texas, I hereby direct the lowering of State of Texas flags to half-staff on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Flags should return to full-staff on the next day, Friday, April 26, 2013.

Please notify personnel within your agency and other state agency and university leaders of this directive. 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 families and support personnel touched by this terrible event.

Respectfully,

Rick Perry
Governor
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