Why isn’t the St. Louis Arch lit to support France?

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Many people are asking why the St. Louis arch is not lit to remember the victims of Friday’s attacks in Paris. Over the weekend buildings in cities across the globe were lit up in the blue, white and red colors of the French flag in a show of solidarity and support.

The Gateway Arch’s Facebook page sheds some light on the subject:

“By order of the President, the official park flag will be flown at half-staff until the 19th of November as a mark of respect for the victims of the attacks in Paris.

For those who have asked, there is no means to light the Gateway Arch in multiple colors. In the past it has been lit in a solid color, which was privately sponsored when it occurred. (jrc)”

Mayor Slay tweets that:

Blue, white and red lights will be displayed on Soldiers Memorial and Civil Courts in show of support for France.