Governor Maggie Hassan has directed flags to half-staff in honor of James Foley on Sunday, August 24, 2014. The Governor said “James Foley exemplified the best of our journalistic ideals, fearlessly going to some of the world’s most dangerous places to expose the horrific consequences of war and the beautiful humanity of those innocent civilians affected by it. An unconscionable act of terror took him from us far too soon, but his unyielding commitment to advancing our cherished First Amendment right across the globe and the truths he unveiled will live on forever. As Granite Staters and people around the world mourn, our thoughts and prayers remain with the Foley family and their loved ones.”
The Islamic militant Group ISIS or ISIL released a video Tuesday of the execution of Rochester native Journalist James Foley, who was captured nearly 2 years ago. His family confirmed on the Web, the same day, that the 40-year-old videographer had been slain.
In a speech Wednesday afternoon President Obama commended the bravery of Foley and commented on ISIS/ISIL saying “Their ideology is bankrupt”.
A memorial service will be held Sunday 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary on 189 North Main St. in Rochester. Instead of a Funeral a memorial Mass will be held at the church for Foley on Oct. 18, on what would have been his 41st birthday.