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Governor orders flags flown at half-staff

Gov. Ernie Fletcher yesterday ordered that flags at all state office buildings be flown at half-staff in remembrance of the 49 people who died in Sunday’s plane crash in Lexington.

A short time after Fletcher’s order, Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac requested that flags in the city be lowered to half-staff.

Isaac’s office also is planning a memorial service for families at the site. Service information will be released as soon as a date is selected.

The flag is flown at half-staff at federal buildings, grounds and naval vessels for 30 days after the death of a U.S. president or former president. There are shorter periods to honor congressional leaders, Cabinet members and Supreme Court justices.

The flag should be run briskly up to the top of the staff before being lowered slowly to half-staff, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. It should be raised again to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

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