After days of pressure and criticism, The White House has lowered the American flag to half staff Tuesday afternoon to honor the five U.S. military members who were killed by an Islamic terrorist in Chattanooga last Thursday.
President Barack Obama said in a formal proclamation early Tuesday afternoon:
“As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 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, July 25, 2015,”
The Obama administration had been criticized for its failure to lower the flags, a move it had made following other mass shootings, including those who perished at Ft. Hood, and for a number of celebrities, including Whitney Houston.
The pressure grew after Congressional leaders announced earlier Tuesday they would lower the flags at the U.S. Capitol, but not at the White House.
The flags will be flown at half staff at the White House and “all public buildings and grounds,” as well as over military posts and naval stations and vessels other federal sites, until sunset on July 25.