DENVER — Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 — President Barack Obama today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff nationwide through Dec. 18, as a mark of respect for the victims of the tragedy in Newton, Conn. Flags should be lowered on all public buildings statewide from sunrise to sunset.
The full text of the president’s proclamation:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release December 14, 2011
HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT
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 December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, 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, December 18, 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 fourteenth day of December, 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.
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