Governor Orders U.S. and State Flags Lowered to Honor Dallas Victims

By Carmen Russo
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered U.S. and Rhode Island flags to be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and buildings. To honor victims of the Dallas shooting, flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on July 12. The city of Providence and other towns throughout the state also joined the governor in paying respect to the victims. The day after the deadly attack, lowered flags were seen at the State House, Providence City Hall and the Cranston Police Department Headquarters.
“It is time to say enough,” Raimondo stated in a press release. “Enough violence. Enough hate. Enough tragedies. It is a time for healing, time for peacefulness, time for unity.”
“Let’s commit to being a community that rejects violence and poverty and embraces diversity and civility. I believe we can be bolder. I believe that our families, neighborhoods, state and country can do better, and I believe we can move forward together.”
“Today our emotions are raw. We are filled with a mix of shock, anger, frustration. If anything good can come of these horrific killings, let’s replace these emotions with respect, unity and action to bring about a more just, equal and peaceful Rhode Island.”
Raimondo also asks all Rhode Islanders to lower their flags as a sign of respect for all who lost their lives too soon in the violent events this week.