Indiana Gov. Holcomb orders flags at half-staff for Florida shooting victims

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By TSgt Michael Holzworth [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor is directing that flags be lowered to half-staff across the state in honor of the Florida school shooting victims.

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office says his order calls for flags to remain lowered until sunset Monday and asked for businesses and residents to do the same.

The attack Wednesday afternoon in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people and wounded several others. A 19-year-old former student with a troubled past and his own AR-15 rifle has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Members of the Indiana House of Representatives opened their Thursday session by standing for a moment of silence.

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  1. Does the Governor have the authority to raise and lower the American Flag? I think not.

    I don’t have a problem with this but it is a Federal thing. The order should come from the President not the Govenor.

    • Yes, the governor has the authority to raise and lower the American flag in their own state. The President has this authority for the entire country. Oftentimes, governors will make the directive in addition to the President. Private property owners (including business owners) are not required to follow these mandates, but many do out of respect.

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