Gov. Herbert orders flags lowered for Belgium victims

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SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the state of Utah to honor the victims of the terrorist attack in Brussels, Belgium.

“Jeanette and I, along with the three million residents of Utah are absolutely heartbroken to learn of this terrible tragedy,” Herbert said. “We are again reminded that the world we live in is a dangerous place, a place where the war on terror has never ceased. We join with the rest of the world at this time in mourning for the people of Belgium.”

Herbert went on to reference the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionaries injured in the attack.

“It is not uncommon for innocent victims to be targeted in these terrorist attacks, but seldom do we see people of faith who have forsaken everything—family, friends, school and careers—in order to share a message of hope and love with the world also fall victim. To the Norby, Empey and Wells families, please know that the state of Utah is united in prayer at this time for the health and well-being of your missionaries. As Utahns, we stand together with our fellow Americans and those around the world in our resolve to put an end to these acts of terror.”

The flags will be flown at half-staff beginning immediately, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, until sunset on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

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  • Common Sense March 23, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Do we only care about the terrorist attacks in Belgium? It is my understand that these kinds of terrorist attacks are happening all over the world regularly. Why has this particular attack received our attention and the others have not?

  • Common Sense March 23, 2016 at 7:07 am

    ahh I see now…there were missionaries injured.

  • Bubbasheepherder March 23, 2016 at 8:52 am

    You need to change your name to “No Sense, No Sense At All”.

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