WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama issued a proclamation on Sunday ordering the United States flag to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Thursday, June 16 to honor the victims of the Orlando nightclub attack.
“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, June 16, 2016. 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.”
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe followed up President Obama’s proclamation with his order, ordering the Commonwealth of Virginia flag to also be flown at half-staff.
“Pursuant to President Obama’s Presidential Proclamation to lower the United States flag, I do hereby order that the flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia are to be flown at half-staff over the state Capitol and all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds to honor the victims of the attack in Orlando, Florida.
I hereby order that the flags shall be lowered until sunset, June 16, 2016.”