Flag half mast after turmoil across globe

NICE: People gather to lay tributes on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images
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Maitland City Council has lowered its flag to half mast as a tribute to the lives lost across the world in the past week.

InNice,France on July 14 more than 80 people were killed when a cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day. There was more tragic news on the weekend in Turkey where the military attempted a bloody coup and more than 100 people were killed.Maitland mayor, councillorPeter Blackmore, requested the flag be lowered.

Picture: Maitland City Council

“The sad and unnecessary loss of life has commanded time on our television screen since it occurred,” Cr Blackmore said.

“This is a tribute to those people who lost their lives. It is the least we can do.”

News of the attacks hit close to home for Cr Blackmore. His wife Robyn Blackmoreisa surviver of the Port Arthur massacre.

“Most of us can only imagine what it would have been like,” he said.

“But those families and so many little children who had their whole life ahead of them, it is just tragic.The residents of the city of Maitland want to pay tribute to those who lost their life in the carnage that has occurred.”

The mayor could only order the city flag be lowered, as thenational flag can only be changed by order of the Prime Minister.Cr Blackmore said he was happy for Maitland to lead the way with thisgesture of unity.

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