JACKSON, Wyo. — At the direction of President Biden, Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the United States and Wyoming flags to fly at half-staff immediately in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Monterey Park, California.

The flag should be flown at half-staff until sunset, Jan. 26. Saturday night, a gunman killed 10 people at a Los Angeles area ballroom dance club during Lunar New Year celebrations. According to the Associated Press, the massacre was the nation’s fifth mass killing this month. It struck one of California’s largest celebrations of a holiday observed in many Asian cultures.

A proclamation honoring the victims of the tragedy in Monterey Park, California:

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on January 21, 2023, in Monterey Park, California, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 26, 2023. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

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Toby Koekkoek is a Community News Reporter, and a recent resident of Teton Valley. He enjoys writing about our region's community events and the movers and shakers that make up the culture of this unique mountain town. He enjoys deep powder, and deep thoughts, skateboarding, playing racquet sports, riding his bike, and nerding out on music. Toby also coaches freeride skiing for the Jackson Hole Ski Club and runs skateboard camps in the summer.