Just in case you didn't hear the news, or read it on the internet, both the Federal and State governments have issued a directive for today

Yes, it is an executive order, mandating that all flags flying in the state of Texas to be lowered to half-staff today (April 25) only, and return to full-staff tomorrow.  Here is the full disclosure:


Governor Perry and President Obama have order Texas and United States flags to half-staff on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Their respective orders are below:

The State of Texas has been deeply affected by the injuries and loss of life that resulted from the recent explosion in the City of West. It seems fitting that flags should be flown at half-staff on the day of the memorial service as a mark of respect for all those who perished, including the brave souls who gave their lives while protecting their neighbors. 

Therefore, pursuant to Texas Government Code Chapter 3100 and acting in my capacity as the Governor of the State of Texas, I hereby direct the lowering of State of Texas flags to half-staff on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Flags should return to full-staff on the next day, Friday, April 26, 2013. 

Flags should be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all State of Texas offices and facilities in other states and abroad.  Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties and other political subdivisions are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect. 

Anita and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the families and support personnel touched by this terrible event.