Wednesday, April 18, 2007
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Gov. Blagojevich directs flags to be flown at half-staff to honor victims of Virginia Tech tragedy   Send a link to a friend

[April 18, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Tuesday ordered all state facilities to lower the U.S. and Illinois state flags to half-staff in memory of the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy. The governor's order honors more than 30 students murdered and more than 20 injured on the Virginia Tech campus Monday and is in accordance with the president's order to lower flags around the U.S.

"Today we mourn the loss of the students and faculty killed at Virginia Tech," Blagojevich said. "There are no words that can erase the deep sorrow and loss suffered by the families and friends of the victims. There is no line of logic that can explain such utterly senseless and brutal violence. On behalf of the people of Illinois, I offer our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and the Virginia Tech community. They are in our thoughts and prayers."

The governor's proclamation follows:

WHEREAS, on April 16, 2007, tragedy befell our nation when over 30 students and faculty were murdered, and over 20 were injured, on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia; and

WHEREAS, this event marks the most deadly massacre the United States has ever seen, and all across the nation Americans mourn with the families of the victims and the entire Virginia Tech community; and

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WHEREAS, the State of Illinois is saddened by this horrific disaster, and we join Governor Tim Kaine and Commonwealth of Virginia, along with President George W. Bush, in lowering the flag of the United States of America to express our grief and anguish at this senseless loss of lives:

THEREFORE, I, Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby order, in accordance with the timeframe set forth by President Bush, that the flag of the United States of America fly at half-staff at all State facilities from this day until sunset on Sunday April 22, in honor of the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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