How Long Should the American Flag Remain at Half Staff to Honor the Victims in the Boston Terrorist Bombings?
You will notice American flags at half-staff across Central Minnesota — and the nation — this week. And understandably, it’s out of respect for those killed and hurt in the Boston terrorist bombings.
Under a presidential proclamation, President Obama has ordered flags lowered to half-staff through Saturday, April 20th.
The proclamation reads:
US Flags to Half Staff Honoring Victims of the Tragedy in Boston, MA
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 April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, 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, April 20, 2013. 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 sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.