In accordance with the proclamation from the President of the United States, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah effective immediately in honor of Sen. John McCain. The flags should be flown until sunset on Sunday, Sept. 2, when Sen. McCain will be laid to rest.

The governor has issued the following statement: “We are going to miss Sen. McCain’s influence in the world of national politics. He leaves some big shoes to fill in the Senate. We will miss his candor, or as he called, it, his ‘straight talk.’ You always knew where Sen. McCain stood. He never wavered – not as a P.O.W. in Vietnam – not in all his years in the Senate. Politicians today could learn from his example and take heed of his counsel. Sen. McCain always stood for what he believed was right. May we always do the same.”

Flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and public grounds from sunrise until sunset from now until Sunday, Sept. 2. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, issued the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: “Today, I join millions in mourning the passing of Senator John McCain. Over a lifetime of selfless service, John came to embody the very pinnacle of American virtue. Courage, commitment, integrity, and sacrifice: these are the precepts he lived by and by which he will always be remembered. No one is more worthy of the word ‘hero’ than John McCain. The Senate – indeed, the nation – will miss the steady, guiding presence of a principled statesman.”

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes issued the following statement: “A war hero and a patriot to the end, Senator McCain put America first, before party or personal interest. He was always kind and encouraging to me in our personal interactions, particularly on the issue of fighting human trafficking, something near to his heart and that of his wife, Cindy. I wish her and all of his family and loved ones my sincerest condolences and express my deep respect for Senator McCain’s life of sacrifice and service.”