HARRRISBURG — To mark respect for the victims of the attack at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex, Commonwealth facilities, and all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff.
“The attack on the Capital Gazette was an attack on freedom of the press, and the victims deserve to be honored for their sacrifice in furthering the pursuit of truth under the First Amendment,” Wolf said. “In recognition of these victims, their colleagues and journalists across America, I ask all Pennsylvanians to join us in this tribute.”
The Commonwealth and the United States flag shall be lowered immediately, Tuesday, July 3, until sunset Tuesday, July 3, per the President’s order. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.
President Donald Trump has ordered U.S. flags on federal property be flown at half-staff through sunset Tuesday to honor the five people slain at the newspaper in Maryland’s capital.
Trump issued a proclamation Tuesday ordering the flags to half-staff through sundown.
Four Capital Gazette journalists and a staffer were killed Thursday when a gunman holding a grudge against the publication shot them in the newsroom.
Trump has repeatedly called journalists the “enemy of the people.” He said the day after the shooting journalists shouldn’t fear being violently attacked while doing their job.
The White House says Trump ordered the flags lowered as soon as he learned of the Annapolis mayor’s request.