In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered that the U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities and buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, April 20th, 2018 in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

“Barbara Bush was an inspiration to a generation of Americans,” said Raimondo. “I remember being in high school and college watching this strong woman in the national spotlight unafraid to speak her mind – a woman who championed causes like civil rights and education. Her legacy and influence remain as strong today as ever, and my thoughts and prayers are with the Bush family during this difficult time.”

Barbara Bush, the wife of the 41st President and mother of the 43rd President, died Tuesday evening at her home in Houston. She was 92.

Raimondo also asks Rhode Islanders to lower their flags as a mark of respect.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).