Pa. Capitol To Be Lit In Orange And Green To Honor Victims Of Sri Lanka Bombings

To honor the victims of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman have announced the state Capitol will be bathed in orange and green lights tonight.

Wolf also ordered commonwealth flags on state facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff through Wednesday as a tribute to the nearly 300 people killed and hundreds of others injured in the devastating Easter Sunday suicide bombings at three churches and three luxurious hotels in Sri Lanka.

"Frances and I are horrified by the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka on such a holy day for Christians around the world,” Wolf said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the victims and their families today. In the last few months, we have seen far too many attacks targeting communities of faith. Instead of allowing fear to divide us further, we need to come together to support those grieving and stand in solidarity with all those facing persecution. We must stand united against hatred and protect the rights of all people to express their beliefs and peacefully assemble.”

Fetterman said he and his wife Gisele "share the horror expressed by the governor and first lady. Our hearts are so heavy for the communities stunned by these horrific attacks. We must come together as people of one world and reject the hate and terror that targets any group.”

From the Sri Lanka bombings to the Tree of Life synagogue mass shooting to other attacks on communities, Mohan Seshadri, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, said “We all deserve the right to live, work, and come together as a community without fear and without assault; for the target to once again be people joining each other in worship — in a celebration of life, no less — makes yesterday’s events all the more tragic. We reject any attempts to let this hate divide us or to let fear rule us and dictate our responses to these tragedies.”

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