Gov. Rick Scott orders flags to be lowered in honor of Tenn. victims

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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Governor Rick Scott is ordering the American flag to be lowered at half-staff across the state to honor the five service members killed in last week’s terrorist attack in Tennessee.

Monday morning, Collier County Commissioner Georgia Hiller told WINK News she wanted to know why it hadn’t already been done. The commissioner brought up the issue during a special meeting of the board. All of the commissioners voted unanimously to take the issue to the governor.

The governor’s declaration Monday afternoon came four days after the attack on the U.S. servicemen.

A local Vietnam veteran tells WINK News he did not wait for the president or the governor to honor the fallen.

Eston Higginbotham has lived in Southwest Florida his entire life, except for when he was in Vietnam.

He enlisted with a group of high scool friends from east Fort Myers.

“Seven that went and I was the only one to come back alive,” said Higginbotham.

He was upset about flags not flying at half-staff to honor those murdered in Chattanooga on July 16.

In Florida, the flag can only be ordered at half-staff by the president or the governor.

Higginbotham told WINK News, “if they wanna arrest me for honoring those fellas. So be it, I got the bond money.”

At least four states have lowered the flag to remember these brave men who died.


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