Flag Lowering in Olympia To Honor Victims in Connecticut
by Janine Unsoeld
Above: Rick Stacy, a staff member with the Association of Washington School Principals in Olympia, lowers their flags earlier this afternoon in honor of the multiple victims of a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It is currently being reported by national news media that 20 children and six adults were killed, including the principal of the elementary school.
In a formal press release issued moments ago, Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington State agency facilities be lowered to half-staff per President Obama's proclamation as a mark of respect for the victims of today's tragic events.
Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset/close of business on Tuesday, December 18. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.