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Posted on: January 24, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Flags Flown at Half-Staff for U.S. Astronaut

flag flown half staff for astronaut

Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas and United States flags to be lowered statewide on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in honor of U.S. Navy Captain Gene Cernan.

Captain Cernan passed away on January 16. As an astronaut, Captain Cernan played an important role in the exploration of space and in the development of the aerospace industry in Texas. He was the last man to set foot on the moon and his final resting place will be in the Texas State Cemetery.

Flags will return to full-staff the following day. Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties and other political subdivisions and entities are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of honor, respect and unity.

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