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Governor Remembers Victims of Dillingham Plane Crash, Orders Flags Lowered for Former U.S. Senator Stevens

August 10, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell expressed deep sympathy for the victims of Monday’s plane crash in Southwest Alaska.

“All who were aboard the flight and their families, friends and colleagues are in our thoughts and prayers,” Governor Parnell said. “As Alaskans, we grieve for those who were lost and extend our comfort and condolences to their loved ones.”

Former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens was among those killed in the crash near Dillingham.

“Senator Stevens’ life was dedicated to Alaska and her people, and he will be remembered for his untiring efforts to build the 49th state over his many decades of public service,” Governor Parnell said. “Known as the ‘Lion of the Senate,’ he was also a distinguished patriot dedicating his life to America and constitutional principles. Senator Stevens was a father, a grandfather, a husband, and a personal friend to countless Alaskans. We will miss him greatly.”

Governor Sean Parnell has ordered state and U.S. flags (per public law 94-344) to be lowered to half-staff today in honor and memory of Senator Stevens. The U.S. flag will be raised to full-staff Thursday morning, while state flags will remain lowered until sunrise the day following the senator’s memorial service.

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