Flags At Half Staff To Honor Askew

March 14, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott ordered that flags be flown at half-staff to honor former Gov. Reubin Askew, who died early Thursday at age 85 in a Tallahassee hospital.

“Governor Askew exemplified the ideals of public service,” Scott said in a memorandum directing the honor. “As a mark of respect for the memory of Governor Askew, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown immediately at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida, until sunset on the date of internment.”

Askew, a Democrat, served as governor from 1971 to 1979 and was the first Florida governor elected to successive four-year terms.

Tributes to Askew poured in Thursday from political figures in both parties.

“For those of us of a certain age who cut our political teeth in the ’60s and ’70s, Governor Askew was living proof that good guys can finish first,” said Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville. “Integrity was his platform and honor was his policy.”

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Pictured: The flag at half staff Thursday at the Century Town Hall in remembrance of former Gov. Reubin Askew. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

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