Why flags are at half staff: December 12, 2016

by beth on December 12, 2016

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Flags in Southborough and across the nation are flying at half staff until sunset today in memory of John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the earth. You can read more about his death and legacy here.

Below is the Presidential Proclomation: 

DEATH OF JOHN GLENN

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
ninth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

BARACK OBAMA

(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

1 Whistler Burch December 12, 2016 at 7:32 PM

A true American Hero who helped the US enter space exploration, and so much more!

2 Jason December 13, 2016 at 9:21 PM

I’m glad to see we didn’t leave the Lord out of this. Everything else is forgetting our Lord. Also, who knew we have been independent for 241 years.

3 John kalivoda December 15, 2016 at 8:33 AM

BRAVO and GLORY TO GOD The total inspiration in the hearts and minds of our founding fathers

4 Michael December 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM

John Glenn is a true hero. However more than half of our founding fathers were atheists and religion was not considered in the founding of our country.

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