|Thanks to our California Flag Flyer for supplying the photo|
Flags are flying half mast, as requested by President Barack Obama throughout the country to recognize the recent Boston Marathon bombings. Our prayers, thoughts, and hearts are on those people and families affected in this tragedy. As runners, it hits particularly close to home. I have several friends who ran and one who was about a half block away when the bombs went off.
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.