While family members of a Fort Hood soldier who died in combat wanted to see all Texas flags in the state lowered to half-staff following his death in Afghanistan on June 25, a spokesman for the governor’s office says such a gesture is a rare occurrence.

John Wittman, senior communications adviser and press secretary for the Texas governor’s office, said he can recall two times in recent years when the governor has ordered Texas flags to be lowered statewide: Once last year, when former President George H.W. Bush died; and in 2009, in the days following the Nov. 5 mass shooting at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and more than 30 injured.

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