Why flags are at half staff: October 6, 2015

by beth on October 6, 2015

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Flags in across the nation are flying at half staff  until sunset today , in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Oregon on October 1st. (You can read about that shooting here.)

Below is the proclomation issued by the President:

Presidential Proclamation: Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence perpetrated on October 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Oregon, 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, October 6, 2015. 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 second day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

BARACK OBAMA

(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

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