Following the senseless murder of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth last Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a statewide call encouraging all Texans to stand with law enforcement officers today.

The state-wide show of support will take place beginning at 11:00 AM CST.

Governor Abbott’s office released the following statement earlier this week:

As Texas continues to mourn the loss of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth, Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statewide call to stand with law enforcement in Texas. To honor Deputy Goforth and all officers across the state, Governor Abbott is asking Texas law enforcement officers turn on their red and blue flashing lights for one-minute at 11:00 a.m. this Friday – the time Deputy Goforth’s funeral is set to begin.

“Respect and pride in our law enforcement must be restored in this state and nation,” said Governor Abbott. “It is time to unite in solidarity to support the men and women who serve and protect our communities. I ask that communities across Texas support this cause for unity and remember the essential role that law enforcement plays in keeping Texas safe and strong.”

Additionally, law enforcement patrol cars will line the North drive of the Capitol on Friday to join in unity in turning on their red and blue flashing lights.

Here in Houston, folks are encouraged to wear blue as a sign of support for Deputy Goforth:

Started by a fellow deputy, #BlueHouston is, “a way for the community to share supportive thoughts and prayers for Goforth’s family and for the many people in law enforcement who are shaken and grieving,” reports KHOU.

The #BlueHouston has tag is already full of tweets and photos of communities, businesses, residences, school districts, and towns state-wide who are expressing their gratitude to the law enforcement community:

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