Governor requests flags lowered in memory of Barbara Bush

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The Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah will fly at half-staff today through Saturday. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, April 18, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Gov. Gary R. Herbert has requested all flags at state facilities and public grounds in Utah be lowered to half staff to honor the life and service of Barbara Pierce Bush, who died Tuesday.

The request comes after a directive from President Donald Trump to lower flags to half staff from Wednesday until Saturday, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office.

Individuals and businesses are encouraged to fly the flag at half staff for the same length of time as well, the news release said.

Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty who championed family literacy during her time as first lady, died Tuesday in Texas, her family announced. She was 92.

Bush was the wife of George H.W. Bush, the 41st and oldest living former U.S. president, and the mother of former President George W. Bush.

Her death comes days after a family spokesman said she was in failing health and had declined further medical treatment. Bush had been in and out of the hospital over the past year for treatment for congestive heart failure, bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


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