President Obama issues proclamation, orders flags at half staff after bombings

Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama issued a proclamation today (Tuesday, April 16) paying tribute to the victims of the bombings on Monday at the Boston Marathon.

President Obama (Photo by Howard Lestrud)

President Obama (Photo by Howard Lestrud)

He ordered flags to 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.

His proclamation reads:

“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.”
BARACK OBAMA

Responding to the explosions at the Boston Marathon, Obama said Monday the United States does not know “who did this or why” but vowed that whoever is responsible “will feel the full weight of justice.”

He said: “We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.”

Obama made his remarks at the White House, about three hours after two bombings rocked the city of Boston.

Reports indicate more than 150 were injured and three were killed by the bombings.

 

 

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