Obama Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Memory of Shooting Victims

President Barack Obama ordered all U.S. flags to be lowered until sunset on Dec. 18 in honor of the victims of Friday's shooting in Newtown, CT.

President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation ordering all flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday for the victims of the . 

"As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, 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, December 18, 2012. 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."

The president, a father of two daughters, reacted emotionally when discussing the shootings before reporters Friday. 

Twenty children and seven adults, including the alleged shooter, were killed in the Dec. 14 shootings. 

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