WHEREAS, as a result of the explosions, at least two hundred ten (210) people died and approximately five thousand (5,000) people were injured;
WHEREAS, among the lives lost were twelve (12) Americans, including two (2) Baton Rouge natives, Louise Martin-Klaucke and Michelle Deney O'Connor, the Counsel General at the United States Embassy in Kenya, Julian Bartley, and the Counsel General's son, Jay Bartley;
WHEREAS, the citizens of the state of Louisiana are deeply distressed that so many Americans, Kenyans, and Tanzanians are enduring pain, suffering, and loss due to these heinous acts of terrorism against the United States;
WHEREAS, the citizens of the state of Louisiana mourn their lost family, friends, and fellow Americans who served and represented our country abroad; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of the state of Louisiana wish to show their respect for the Americans, Kenyans, and Tanzanians who were killed, injured, or lost loved ones as a result of the embassy bombings;
NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: As an expression of respect for the citizens of Louisiana, America, Kenya and Tanzania who were killed, injured, or lost loved ones as a result of the terrorist bombings that occurred on Friday morning, August 7, 1998, at the United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, effective immediately, the flags of the United States and the state of Louisiana shall be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol and all public building and institutions of the state of Louisiana, until sunset on Sunday, August 16, 1998.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the state of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 11th day of August, 1998.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State