ALBANY (WENY) – New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday flags on all state buildings will be flown at half-staff Friday in memory of the citizens and soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
The order comes after at least 72 Afghans and 13 United States soldiers were killed during a terrorist attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport Thursday.
Hochul called the attack “cowardly” and said it “struck at the heart of our democracy and freedom itself.”
“New Yorkers have sacrificed their safety to serve in Afghanistan since 9/11, and our thoughts are with the families of everyone killed in today’s horrific act—both the civilians seeking freedom and the service members working to defend that freedom,” she said. “I’ve travelled to Afghanistan as a member of Congress, and I can say with certainty that the people of Kabul and all the American service members and our allies working to protect innocent lives there right now are in New Yorkers’ hearts and prayers. May God bless them.”
The memorial act will be joint with the half-staff order already in place in honor of New York State Police Trooper James Monda, who died in the line of duty on the Great Sacandaga Lake on Sunday.