WHEREAS, since September 11, 2001, the people of Louisiana have lost 124 brave men and women in connection with ongoing overseas combat operations and more are currently risking their lives in defense of our freedom;
WHEREAS, these service members represent all branches of the armed forces, the Marines, Army, Airforce, Navy, National Guard and Reserves;
WHEREAS, these courageous and ambitious Louisianians loved their country and the military and devoted their lives to serving their state and country;
WHEREAS, all tragically lost their lives giving their last full measure of devotion in defense of our country and all that we as Americans represent;
WHEREAS, the memory of these dedicated men and women will live on in the hearts of their family, friends, and fellow service members forever; and
WHEREAS, their patriotism, service and ultimate sacrifice makes it proper and fitting for us to remember them and their families, to mark their passing and to honor their memory;
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: As an expression of respect for Louisiana’s fallen service members, effective immediately, the flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana shall be flown at half staff over the State Capitol and all public buildings and institutions of the State of Louisiana from sunrise September 6, 2010, until sunset September 11, 2010.
SECTION 2: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated or rescinded.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 3rd day of September, 2010.
Secretary of State