Flags at the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial at Celebration Plaza will be lowered to half-staff Wednesday, January 25 following a proclamation by Texas Governor Gregg Abbott. The event will honor Former U.S. Navy Captain Gene Cernan who passed away on January 16, 2017. In his proclamation, Governor Abbott stated, “As an astronaut, Captain Cernan played an important role in the exploration of space and in the development of the aerospace industry in Texas. He was the last man to set foot on the moon and his final resting place will be in the Texas State Cemetery. As such, it seems fitting that flags in Texas should be flown at half-staff on the day of his interment.
Therefore, pursuant to Chapter 3100 of the Texas Government Code and 4 U.S.C. § 7, Texas and United States flags should be lowered statewide on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in honor and respect of the life and public service of U.S. Navy Captain Gene Cernan. Flags should return to full-staff the following day. Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties and other political subdivisions and entities are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of honor, respect and unity.”