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Why are flags at half-staff today, Dec. 12, 2018

Flags have been ordered at half-staff at all government buildings from sunrise to sunset.

Flags have been ordered at half-staff at all government buildings from sunrise to sunset.

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Staff Sgt. Maximo Alexander Flores, 27 (U.S. Marine Corps)

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset today, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 to honor the life of Staff Sergeant Maximo A. Flores of Litchfield Park.

Staff Sergeant Flores’ death was confirmed following a midair collision involving a Marine refueling aircraft and a fighter jet last week off the coast of Japan. Flags will also be lowered on the day of interment, which has not been set.

“The hearts of Arizonans are heavy today after hearing of the loss of Staff Sergeant Maximo Flores,” said Governor Ducey. “My prayers go out to his family and loved ones as they mourn during this difficult time. Arizona is grateful for Staff Sergeant Flores’ service and dedication to defending our country. In honor of his life and service, I’ve ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff.”