Governor lowers flags in memory of Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 24, 2017) – 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 on Sat., Aug. 26, 2017 to honor the life and service of Staff Sgt. Aaron Rhett Butler, who will be laid to rest on that day.

The governor previously issued the following statement:

Jeanette and I were heartbroken to hear of the passing of one of Utah’s best, Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler. Tonight, we join all Utahns in grieving for him, and honoring his sacrifice – the ultimate sacrifice. Our hearts ache for his family, friends and loved ones, and they will long be on our minds and in our prayers.

We pray also for the 11 members of his group who were injured in the explosion. May their healing come swiftly, and may they find comfort and strength through the coming weeks and months as they work toward recovery.

It truly isn’t possible to offer adequate thanks to those who put their lives on the line day after day in the defense of freedom around the world. May God’s greatest blessings graciously fall upon those brave men and women who are dedicated to the service of their fellowmen.

Flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and public grounds from sunrise until sunset on Sat., Aug. 26, 2017 only. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time.