Washington, DC — Flags around northwest Iowa and across the nation are at half staff today as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrorism attack in Paris, France on Friday.
President Obama’s statement says, “The American people stand with the people of France. Friday’s terror attacks were not just an attack on Paris; they were an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share, including the bonds of liberte, egalite, and fraternite. These values will endure far beyond any terrorists or their hateful vision. The United States and our allies do not give in to fear, nor will we be divided, nor will anyone change our way of life. We will do whatever it takes, working with nations and peoples around the world, to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice, and to go after terrorists who threaten our people.”
The President says that as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on November 13, 2015, in Paris, France, he ordered that the flag of the United States should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Thursday, November 19, 2015. The proclamation is for government buildings, ships and so forth, but others are asked to fly the flag at half-staff as a sign of respect.