Why flags are at half staff: through May 22, 2018

by beth on May 21, 2018

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Flags in Southborough and across the nation have been flying at half staff over the weekend in honor of the victims of the shooting at Santa Fe High School. Below is the Presidential Proclamation:

Our Nation grieves with those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims’ families. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on May 18, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order 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, May 22, 2018. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time 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 eighteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.


(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

1 Kimberly Willis May 22, 2018 at 1:42 PM

Thank you. I’m proud of my president and my country. I’m praying for those families as well and for our nation.

2 john m. king May 22, 2018 at 3:17 PM

Thanks for the explanation. This school shooting stuff is NOT news to me anymore. I’m going home to put up my flag flown the correct way. If I have any “thoughts and prayers” they will be for me and my family. And yes, I’m a veteran.

3 Patricia J Damschroder May 23, 2018 at 9:49 AM

Thank you for your service.

4 Erica Verkerk May 24, 2018 at 4:13 PM

I am most grateful to the staff of the White House who encourage this thoughtful sign of respect and condolences to lost and seriously disturbed lives of young people. As for the President, I wish he would acknowledge that reducing gun ownership could save so many. Please rise above yourself, sir, and sincerely consider the future of our youth.

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