U.S. and State of Connecticut flags will be flown at half-staff in the state through Saturday to honor the four United States Marines and a United States Navy officer who were killed in shootings at two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week.
Gov. Dannel Malloy issued an order on Monday for the flags to be lowered. On Tuesday, he extended the time the flags will be lowered through July 25 after President Barack Obama ordered White House flags to be lowered.
“Connecticut and the nation stands with the people of Tennessee and the many communities that have been devastated by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims as they are laid to rest – and with the states across the nation who are mourning the loss of their citizens,” Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said in a statement.
Malloy originally said flags would remain at half-staff through sunset on Tuesday, but extended it through Saturday.
Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells, of Cobb, Georgia; Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, of Hampden, Massachusetts; Sgt. Carson Holmquist, of Polk, Wisconsin; and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, of Burke, North Carolina; were killed in the shootings on Thursday. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, 26, succumbed to injuries on Saturday.