President Obama Orders U.S. Flag to be Flown at Half-Staff
Tuesday, Aug. 07, 2012
President Barak Obama issued a proclamation directing that all flags of the United States be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims of the Oak Creek, Wis., tragedy. The flags will fly at half-staff at federal and public facilities through sunset Friday, Aug. 10.
Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert followed, authorizing the lowering of the national flag and the Utah state flag at all state facilities for the same time period in memoriam of the victims at the Sikh Temple shooting.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin,” Herbert said in a released statement. “At this time we extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those victims and their families.”
The presidential order of Aug. 6 follows.
Presidential Proclamation--Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Oak Creek, Wisconsin
HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN OAK CREEK, WISCONSIN
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 August 5, 2012, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 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, August 10, 2012. 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 sixth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.