TEXAS (August 27, 2021)— Governor Greg Abbott today ordered Texas flags across the state to be lowered to half-staff to honor the U.S. Service members who lost their lives during an attack at the airport yesterday in Kabul, Afghanistan.
“What we’re witnessing in Kabul right now is an absolute tragedy. Brave U.S. Marines and soldiers sacrificed everything to protect innocent lives and defend our nation’s principles of freedom and liberty for all. Their families are left grieving the heartbreaking loss of a loved one. Please join Cecilia and me in praying for these Marines and soldiers who fought through to the end, for their loved ones, and for all U.S. military members who continue to serve courageously and honorably for our country around the world.”
Flags should remain at half-staff through sunset on Monday, August 30, 2021.
President Joe Biden ordered all U.S. Flags to be lowered at half-staff at all federal buildings and facilities in memory of the soldiers. Biden also issued a proclamation in memory of the 13 soldiers who died at the Kabul Airport.
“As a mark of respect for the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, August 30, 2021. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations,” wrote Biden.
Source: Governor of Texas