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All U.S. Flags to be Lowered in Honor of Boulder Shooting Victims

President Joe Biden has ordered all United States flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of a mass shooting in Boulder Colorado. Flags should remain lowered from sunrise March 23 to Sundown March 27, 2021.

Monday afternoon’s mass shooting at King Soopers supermarket left ten dead, including an 11-year veteran police officer. Police have indicated processing the scene at the supermarket will take at least five days.

Monday afternoon’s shooting comes not even a week after the Atlanta area shootings.

Learn more: Ten Dead, Including Police Officer, in Boulder Grocery Store Shooting

Presidential Proclamation to lower flags:

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado, 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, March 27, 2021.  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.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.


As a reminder, when the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff or half-mast, it should first be raised to the top for an instant, then immediately lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. Prior to lowering the flag, it should be raised once more to the peak, then lowered.

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