Indianapolis – In accordance with a presidential proclamation issued this afternoon, Governor Mike Pence directs flags be flown at half-staff at state facilities statewide to honor the victims of Sunday’s terror attack in Orlando. Flags should be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Thursday, June 16. Governor Mike Pence also issued the following statement:
“Karen and I are shocked and saddened by the senseless act of terror committed in Orlando this morning,” said Governor Pence. “On behalf of the state of Indiana, we extend our prayers to the victims, their families, and the Orlando community. Today’s horrifying news stands as a grave reminder that we live in dangerous times and the war on terror continues. For this reason we must commit to ensuring the safety and security of our people.”
Governor Pence has also asked the Indiana State Police to offer any assistance to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), particularly during a vigil tonight at the Old National Center in Indianapolis to honor the shooting victims in Orlando.
Today’s flag directive overlaps a previous directive from the Governor, which directed that flags be lowered to half-staff for the passing of Hoosier West Point Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey. Cadet Winey was one of nine soldiers killed when their truck overturned in a flooded area in Ft. Hood. He was in Fort Hood for Cadet Troop Leader Training. Flags for Cadet Winey should remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his funeral, Saturday, June 18.