Gov. Perry Orders Flags at Half-Staff

Governor Rick Perry has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at state buildings in memory of former Governor Ann Richards.

"Ann Richards was the epitome of Texas politics: a figure larger than life who had a gift for captivating the public with her great wit," Perry said. "She was an endearing and enduring figure in Texas politics. She paved the way as a leader and a role model for women who aspire to the highest levels of leadership. Anita and I are saddened by a loss that will be felt by many. Ann Richards left Texas a better place."

The governor's directive applies to all United States and Texas flags under state control in the State of Texas. Flags shall be flown at half-staff for five days as a sign of respect from sunrise on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, until sunset on Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, and again on the day of her interment once it has been determined, in honor of this highly regarded and admired state leader.

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.