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Gov. DeSantis orders flags at half-staff on Feb. 14 to honor Parkland shooting victims

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 12:56:42-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation Friday that mandates that flags on Feb. 14 be lowered to half staff in honor of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Remembrance Day.

Three years ago, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people.

The proclamation directs flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida from sunrise to sunset on Feb. 14.

"Students, teachers, and faculty showed great courage in the face of danger," the governor said in a release. "The sacrifices of these heroes, as well as the brave actions of first responders, will never be forgotten."

The governor also asked all Florida residents in the proclamation to pause for a moment of silence at 3 p.m. on Sunday to honor the victims of the tragedy.