President finally orders flags at half-staff to honor Chattanooga victims Share:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Posted in Headline, Surrounding Areas on July 21, 2015 by Publisher WASHINGTON D.C. — President Barack Obama has finally ordered flags be lowered to half-staff at the White House and all federal facilities in honor of the five servicemen killed on Thursday, July 16 in Chattanooga, TN.The Stars and Stripes reported Monday, "The White House provided no explanation Monday amid questions over why the president had not ordered flags across the nation to half-staff in the wake of a Chattanooga, Tenn. shooting that killed five servicemembers.""Spokesman Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama offered condolences last week and may speak to veterans at VFW conference Tuesday about the shooting, but he had no further comment."Obama has received criticism for not ordering flags at half-staff earlier as has been customarily done during other mass shootings and significant events."I don't have more information about the status of the flag over the White House," the Stars and Stripes quoted Earnest during a daily briefing on Monday.Obama's proclamation today reads:"Our thoughts and prayers as a Nation are with the service members killed last week in Chattanooga. We honor their service. We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who stopped the rampage and saved lives. We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try and do us harm: We do not give in to fear. You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life.We ask God to watch over the fallen, the families, and their communities. As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 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, July 25, 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 twenty-first day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth." You may also be interested in readingObama’s final State of the Union address before he spoke a wordU.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan calls for pause on accepting Syrian refugeesGovernor Abbott to refuse Syrian refugees relocating to TexasTexas Republican delegation endorses Chairman Paul Ryan for Speaker after demands madePresident Trump fires acting Attorney General for insubordinationTeen arrested for claiming false kidnappingKidnapping victim found safeTexas governor authorizes National Guard to carry guns on baseLone Star Park and Texas horse racing tracks cease operationsSen. Cruz and Gov. Abbott push for passage of the State Refugee Security Act ← Ennis tops 2015 THSCA pre-season football poll for Class 5A, Region IIRed Oak PD asking for help in identifying theft suspects → You must log in to post a comment.