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Fort Hood Shootings

President Obama has ordered American Flags to Half Mast for the victims of the Fort Hood shootings.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy.

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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                                                                              November 6, 2009
Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas
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By The President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Our Nation’s thoughts and prayers are with the service members, civilians, and families affected by the tragic events at Fort Hood, Texas. The brave victims, who risked their lives to protect their fellow countrymen, serve as a constant source of strength and inspiration to all Americans. We ask God to watch over the fallen, the wounded, and all those who are suffering at this difficult hour.

As a mark of respect honoring the victims of the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, 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, Tuesday, November 10, 2009. 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 sixth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.


13 Responses to “Fort Hood Shootings”

  1. Catherine says:

    I just e-mailed whitehouse.gov. I notice that they issued a proclamation for Ted Kennedy’s death, so they know how to do this. Hopefully they will come through soon.

  2. I just sent request for flag info ref. Ft. Hood. Sent wrong website sddress. Thanks

  3. Cynthia Cassille, TSgt, USAF says:

    I cannot believe we are not at half staff in memory of the victims of Fort Hood.
    This is a travesty.

  4. cindy prater says:

    Please notify me when half staff is declared.

  5. Robin says:

    The President just issued the order for all Federal buildings moments ago…

  6. Stephanie Giese says:

    This is a great site for small municipalities to use. Thank you for the offer of these half-mast notifications.

  7. Bobbi Kinney says:

    God Bless our Fallen soldiers and their families at Fort Hood.

  8. Security says:

    let us know for NM rules thanks!

  9. Michele Novak says:

    President Obama, in remarks Friday morning, cautioned against “jumping to conclusions” about what had triggered “one of the worst mass shootings ever to take place on an American military base.”

    He ordered that flags at the White House and other federal buildings be flown at half staff until Wednesday, which is Veterans Day. “This is a modest tribute to those who lost their lives, even as many were preparing to risk their lives for their country,” the president said

    See the below link…


  10. Dave says:

    The press is reporting that the order was given TODAY – a day AFTER the Ft Hood tragedy. As you can, please verify this is correct. Since I had NO OFFICIAL direction this morning, rather than take it upon myself to violate “flag protocol” and fly my flags at half staff without a Presidential Order, I simply flew no flag today.

  11. walter says:

    CNN carries video comments by Pres. Obama from midday (Friday) during which he says he has ordered the U.S. flag to be lowered to half-staff through Wednesday, November 11. Cannot find a reference on the Whte House web site. Hope this helps

  12. Steve says:

    My question is this: Does the President’s official order pertain to ALL flags, or just that of Federal buildings and the likes? I am having a debate over this right now as the local Post Office lowered right away, and I followed suit at my business as well as my City Hall building. The order has the wording like only federal and public buildings as well as military bases. I was under the impression that it was ALL flags and I’m getting some challenges on this. Can anyone help?

  13. Frank says:

    Why would the President of the United States and Commander and Chief, choose today to half staff the flag on the Marine Corps Birthday couldn’t it have been done yesterday or the day before.

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