Gov Hochul: Flags At Half Staff For Kabul Victims

August 26, 2021

GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS ON ALL STATE BUILDINGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF TOMORROW IN MEMORY OF CIVILIANS AND SOLDIERS KILLED IN TERRORIST ATTACK ON HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

“The cowardly attack on innocent civilians and selfless service members at Hamid Karzai International Airport struck at the heart of our democracy and freedom itself. New Yorkers have sacrificed their safety to serve in Afghanistan since 9/11, and our thoughts are with the families of everyone killed in today’s horrific act—both the civilians seeking freedom and the service members working to defend that freedom.

“I’ve ordered flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff tomorrow, August 27, in memory of the service members and innocent civilians killed today. This memorial act is concurrent with the half-staff order already in place in honor of New York State Police Trooper James J. Monda, who died in the line of duty on the Great Sacandaga Lake on Sunday. I’ve also directed my team to follow the attack in Kabul closely should we learn that any of the victims were New Yorkers.

“I’ve travelled to Afghanistan as a member of Congress, and I can say with certainty that the people of Kabul and all the American service members and our allies working to protect innocent lives there right now are in New Yorkers’ hearts and prayers. May God bless them.”