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Flags Lowered to Half-Staff

In accordance with today’s presidential proclamation ordering U.S. flags lowered to half-staff on all federal facilities through Aug. 30 to honor U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, Gov. Ritter has also directed that U.S. and Colorado flags be lowered to half-staff on state facilities through sunset on the 30th.

Earlier today, Gov. Ritter issued a statement praising Sen. Kennedy for his many decades of tireless public service. The statement contained an incorrect quote from Sen. Kennedy’s speech at last year’s Democratic National Convention in Denver. Below is a corrected version.

“Today Colorado joins the nation in mourning the loss of Sen. Ted Kennedy, a tireless advocate for those who live on the margins,” Gov. Ritter said. “His unparalleled dedication to improve civil rights, health care and the plight of working families has left an indelible mark on the country and Colorado. As one of America’s most eloquent, determined and intelligent leaders, Sen. Kennedy was an inspiration to public servants everywhere.

“I will forever be inspired by the words he spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Colorado on Aug. 25, 2008, exactly one year before his death: ‘The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on.’”



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