Perry Orders Flags at Half-Staff

Governor Rick Perry has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff Wednesday, Sept. 6, from sunrise to sunset in honor of former Texas First Lady Nellie Connally, who died Friday. She died at Westminster Manor in Austin, an assisted living center. Her husband's former press secretary Julian Read says the death was unexpected.

Mrs. Connally was the wife of former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Gov. John B. Connally. She was the last remaining survivor who was riding in President

Kennedy's limo when he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. Services will be held at 10 a-m at First United Methodist Church, where the Connallys were married in 1940. She is to be buried near her late husband in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

The governor's directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006. Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties, and other political subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect