Governor Tim Pawlenty has ordered that U.S. and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings, including those at the Minnesota State Capitol complex, until sunset today, Saturday, November 7, in honor and remembrance of those killed and wounded at Fort Hood in Texas on Thursday.
The following is the text of the governor's official proclamation:
Whereas: On November 5, 2009, 13 innocent lives were lost and 30 people were injured in the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas - the worst mass shooting to ever occur on a United States Military base; and
Whereas: Minnesotans have deep respect and appreciation for those who serve in the United States Military; and
Whereas: Our hearts are heavy with sadness for those directly impacted by the shooting; and
Whereas: Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrible tragedy and their families.
Now, Therefore, I, TIM PAWLENTY, as a mark of respect for those killed and wounded at Fort Hood in Texas on Thursday, November 5, 2009, do hereby order all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in the State of Minnesota until sunset Saturday, November 7, 2009.