Washington, DC — The President of the United States has issued two flag-related proclamations in recent days.
As the President does every year, Barack Obama has proclaimed the week of Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14th, as “Flag Week,” and he encourages people to fly the flag this week.
But President Obama has also issued a half-staff proclamation, as a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. He says 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 on Thursday, June 16, 2016. He also says 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.
Private businesses and individuals are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.