Gov. Cox lowers flags in honor of Congressman Alcee Hastings

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FILE – In this Dec. 17, 2019 file photo, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., speaks during a House Rules Committee hearing on the impeachment against President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hastings, the longtime Congressman from Florida has died after a two-year fight with pancreatic cancer. The Palm Beach County Democrat died Tuesday, April 6, 2021, according to his chief of staff, Lale M. Morrison. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – In honor of Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings, who passed away on April 6. Utah Gov. Spencer. Cox has ordered that all flags be flown at half staff at all state facilities.

The order comes as officials say it is required that flags be lowered when a sitting member of Congress dies.

Flags will fly at half-staff until sunset, April 7, according to Gov. Cox’s office. Private citizens and businesses are encouraged to participate as well.

Below is a statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Congressman Alcee Hastings

“I had the privilege of getting to know Alcee Hastings during the years when he served in the House of Representatives and I served in the United States Senate and later as Vice President. I greatly admired him for his singular sense of humor, and for always speaking the truth bluntly and without reservation. A trailblazing lawyer who grew up in the Jim Crow South, Alcee was outspoken because he was passionate about helping our nation live up to its full promise for all Americans. It was a passion he forged as a pioneering civil rights lawyer in the 1960s, fighting tirelessly to desegregate hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in south Florida — a trailblazing spirit to advocate for what is right that guided him throughout his life.

Across his long career of public service, Alcee always stood up to fight for equality, and always showed up for the working people he represented. And even in his final battle with cancer, he simply never gave up.

Jill and I are saddened to learn of his passing. May God bless Alcee Hastings and his family.”

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