Gov. Bobby Jindal calls for flags at half-staff in remembrance for victims of Black Hawk crash

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Governor Jindal issued an Executive Order calling for the flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of the military members who lost their lives in the Black Hawk crash.

This order was issued in coordination with the State of Florida and Governor Rick Scott.

Governor Jindal said, "Today, our hearts and prayers are with the families of the military men who lost their lives in service to our nation. This terrible tragedy took some of America's greatest heroes from us far too soon. It is because of their courageous acts that we may be free, and we will never forget them. This tragedy is a reminder to us all that these men and women run into danger when many of us would run away, and for that we are forever grateful. I'd like to ask all Louisianians to take a moment today, over the dinner table or before bed to remember these brave individuals and to pray for their families."

Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess also ordered flags at all parish government buildings to be lowered to half-staff as a sign of respect for the servicemen.

"Our hearts are heavy as we grieve the loss of these heroes," Burgess said in a written release. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones, their friends, and their colleagues."

He added the entire Tangipahoa Parish community is ready to rally behind the families and support them through this tragedy.

The helicopter went down in thick fog Tuesday night during a routine training mission at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle. There were 11 Soldiers and Marines on board.

The Louisiana National Guard has confirmed two Soldiers involved in the UH-60M Black Hawk training accident crash are dead and have been recovered.

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