Our Nation’s thoughts and prayers are with the service
members, civilians, and families affected by the tragic events
at Fort Hood, Texas. The brave victims, who risked their lives
to protect their fellow countrymen, serve as a constant source
of strength and inspiration to all Americans. We ask God to
watch over the fallen, the wounded, and all those who are
suffering at this difficult hour.
As a mark of respect honoring the victims of the tragedy
at Fort Hood, Texas, I hereby order, by the authority vested
in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of
America, 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, Tuesday, November 10, 2009.
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
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
sixth day of November, in the year of our Lord
two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States
of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.