Why flags are at half staff: November 5 – 9, 2017

Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff now through until sunset, Thursday, November 9, 2017. The lowering is in respect for the victims of the mass shooting that took place yesterday in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

You can read more about the shooting here. The Presidential Proclamation is below:

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas Shooting



We are deeply saddened by the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which took the lives of more than 25 innocent victims while they were attending church. As we mourn the victims of this unprovoked act of violence, we pray for healing and comfort for all the family members and loved ones who are grieving.

As a mark of respect for the victims of this senseless act of violence perpetrated on November 5, 2017, 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, November 9, 2017. 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 fifth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.


(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

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5 years ago

I think we as a country can do better than just lower our flag, when are these senseless killings going to STOP!!

5 years ago

Correct me if I am mistaken, but didn’t the flag fly half staff for one day after the massacre in Las Vegas? That was the largest shooting in our history, so I’m just scratching my head thinking that got one day, but the Texas thing gets five.

5 years ago
Reply to  Jackie

Oh and I totally agree with the person who wrote before me. When is this all going to stop? It’s so much senseless killing and in a month we have had three of them.
Las Vegas, New York, and Texas.
Not to mention all the horrible things going on in the rest of the world!
Please, just stop. All those individuals that are frustrated and are contemplating such an act, get together and play paint ball instead.

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