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Gov. Brown orders public flags to stay at half-staff in honor of Rep. Alcee Hastings

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday ordered all flags at Oregon's public institutions to remain at half-staff for one more day in honor and remembrance of Congressman Alcee Hastings of Florida.

The action will change the previous order to raise flags to full-staff at sunset Tuesday, as they were lowered last week to honor the victims of an attack near the U.S. Capitol, Instead, she said, flags should remain at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday. 

"I am saddened to hear of Congressman Hastings' passing," Brown said. "He was a dedicated public servant who lived his life fighting for equal rights for all. Dan and I send our condolences to his family and friends."

A statement from President Biden is available on the White House’s website.

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  1. As I said before Barney deleted it, we should make flying the flag at half staff permanent here in Oregon. This guy was an impeached Federal Judge which should make almost anyone eligible.

  2. What does it mean when a flag is flown at half mast?

    “Half-mast (British, Canadian and Australian English) or half-staff (American English) refers to a flag flying below the summit of a ship mast, a pole on land, or a pole on a building. In many countries this is seen as a symbol of respect, mourning, distress, or, in some cases, a salute.”

    As the headline offers Brown “ordered” public flags (although she can only “order” the Oregon state flag, not the national flag) to be flown at half mast.

    Privately owned and flown flags are not affected by her edit.

    Just say’in.

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