Why are the flags at half staff in Arizona today?

April 2, 2019

Governor Doug Ducey has ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday, April 2, to honor the life of two United States Marine pilots, Major Matthew M. Wiegand and Captain Travis W. Brannon, who were killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission in Yuma, Arizona on Saturday. Flags will also be lowered on the day of interment, which has not been set. “Arizona mourns the tragic loss of these two Marine Corps pilots,” said Governor Ducey in a news release. “Major Wiegand and Captain Brannon served our country honorably. We are incredibly grateful for their willingness to put on the uniform and put their lives on the line in order to keep our country safe. Our prayers are with their family and loved ones and the entire Marine community in Yuma during this time.”

The governor’s office is also encouraging individuals, businesses, and other organizations to join in the tribute.