President Donald Trump on June 1 ordered all U.S. flags on federal and public property be flown at half-staff, honoring the victims of the shooting at Virginia Beach.
The proclamation made on June 1 declared that, until the end of day on June 4, all flags must fly at half-staff. According to a White House press release, embassies and other American facilities overseas must do the same.
“Americans unite in praying for God to comfort the injured and heal the wounded,” the proclamation said. “May God be with the victims and bring aid and comfort for their families and friends.”
Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia ordered that the flags on local, state, and federal properties also be flown at half-staff until the June 8.
Many state governors have announced their action in keeping with a proclamation issued by President Donald Trump in response to Friday’s shooting that left 12 people dead.
Gov. Steve Bullock in Montana has ordered that flags be kept at half-staff through sunset on Tuesday to honor the victims.
In his proclamation on Saturday, Bullock said the country can’t “normalize” such shootings and must work together to make them stop. The Democratic presidential hopeful noted that it was the sixth time since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last year that the president has asked him to lower flags for a mass shooting.
The flags on public buildings in Colorado have been lowered until Tuesday at sunset to honor the victims of the shooting in Virginia Beach.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Saturday ordered that flags at all state office buildings be immediately lowered to half-staff until sunset on Tuesday.
Ducey expressed sympathy for all those affected by the shooting, and he said Arizona is praying for Virginia Beach and thanking responders who acted at the scene.
Includes reporting from The Associated Press
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