Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered flags throughout Florida to be lowered at half-staff Thursday to mark one year since the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
DeSantis signed a proclamation on Wednesday.
The governor’s office issued the memorandum “in honor and remembrance of the victims of the tragic shooting.”
DeSantis asked Floridians to observe a moment of silence at 3 p.m. Thursday. There is also a moment of silence scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee.
The governor also issued the following statement Thursday recognizing the one-year mark since the shooting:
“On this solemn day, our state mourns the lives of the 17 souls lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one year ago. Since that tragic day, the Parkland community has demonstrated tremendous courage and resiliency, reminding us just how strong and united Floridians can be in the face of such devastating loss. We will never forget the heroes who risked and sacrificed their lives to protect others, nor the actions taken that day by first responders. Casey and I continue to keep the families and loved ones of the innocents who were lost in our prayers as we honor their memory today in a moment of silence.”
The mass shooting on Valentine’s Day 2018 killed 17 people.
Flags should be lowered Thursday from sunrise until sunset.
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