PENSACOLA, Florida – Florida Governor Ron Desantis ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Florida be flown at half-staff until sunset on December 13, 2019, in honor and remembrance of the victims of the attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida.
Governor Desantis had already issued a proclamation that flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, December 7, 2019, to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
“In honor and remembrance of the victims of the senseless act of violence committed at Naval Air Station Pensacola, today, December 6, 2019, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida. The flags shall be lowered immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset on Friday, December 13, 2019,” the Governor ordered.
“We are praying hard for the victims and families impacted by today’s shooting at NAS Pensacola. As a Navy veteran, today hits especially close to home. NAS Pensacola is a special place and these brave warriors who wear the wings come here for flight training to protect and serve our great nation,” said Governor Desantis.
“Today’s shooting not only strikes at the heart of Northwest Florida, but for the Navy nationwide and around the world. The response we saw from the deputies at Escambia County Sheriff’s office and active personnel responding to the scene is commendable and lives were saved because of the bravery of those wearing the uniform of the U.S. Navy and our local law enforcement, including from those who were wounded and still worked to help others.”
In honor and remembrance of the victims of today’s shooting at @NASPCOLA, I have directed the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset on Friday, December 13.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) December 6, 2019
For more information on U.S. Flag and Florida state flag protocol, visit the State of Florida flag protocol page.