When you're driving around the Land of Lincoln and notice that U.S. Flags are currently lowered around the state, here's the reason.

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The Illinois Flag Display Act allows the Governor to order flags to be lowered to half-staff when an "Illinois member of the armed forces, police force, fire service and other groups covered by the Act are killed in the line of duty."

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According to a press release from the Governor's office, all U.S. and Illinois flags have been ordered to fly at half-staff beginning today (Thursday 10/26) through sunset this Monday, October 30 to honor "the victims of the senseless gun violence that occurred on October 25, 2023 in Lewiston, Maine."

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At the time this article was published, there were 18 killed in the shooting and at least 13 wounded according to reports from AP.

The shooting happened in a bowling alley and a bar in Lewiston, Maine, according to the Associated Press.

What's the difference between half-staff and half-mast?

Johnny Vincent, Canva
Johnny Vincent, Canva

According to USHistory.org, the term half-staff is used when lowering the flag over land, and while they've been used interchangeably, half-mast is more commonly used when lowering the flag at sea.

You can find out when the flag is lowered to half-staff nationally on Twitter by clicking HERE.

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