President Obama Orders Flags to be Lowered
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013
United States President Barack Obama has issued a presidential proclamation directing that the flags of the United States be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims of the Sept. 16 violence at the Naval Shipping Yard in Washington, D.C.
The flags will fly at half-staff at federal and public facilities now through sunset Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.
The presidential order of Sept. 16 follows.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on September 16, 2013, at the Washington Navy Yard, 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, September 20, 2013. 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 sixteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.