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President Obama orders flags flown at half-staff to honor Arizona shooting victims


President Barack Obama issued a proclamation earlier today ordering that all U.S. flags on public or military property be flown at half-staff until sunset on Jan. 14 to honor victims of yesterday's shootings.



Below is the full text of his proclamation:



 



THE WHITE HOUSE



Office of the Press Secretary



For Immediate Release January 9, 2011



HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN TUCSON, ARIZONA



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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA



A PROCLAMATION



As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on Saturday, January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, 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, January 14, 2011. 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



ninth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.



BARACK OBAMA



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