84.7 F
Charlotte Amalie
Monday, April 15, 2024
HomeNewsArchivesTerritory Flags Lowered for Disaster Victims

Territory Flags Lowered for Disaster Victims

Jan. 2, 2005 – As the number of deaths from the tsunami disaster grows to an estimated 150,000 and it is being called the largest natural disaster of modern times, acting Gov. Vargrave Richards has directed the flags of the territory to be flown at half-staff for a week in mourning for the victims.
A press release Sunday from Government House said the disaster has also made millions homeless in twelve countries in south Asia.
Richards said "We join the nation in lowering all flags to half-staff as a sign of our grief and condolences to all who have lost loved ones or are suffering as a result of this terrible tragedy."
Richards added, "Words cannot express the grief we feel towards those suffering and call on Virgin Islanders to share generously, as is customary, by sending donations to ongoing aid relief efforts. As we look at the ravages of the destruction caused by the tsunami, we recognize that we are abundantly blessed and should be thankful and grateful, and thus willingly extend our hands and resources to help."
Back Talk

Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name and city and state/country or island where you reside.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.

Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.