Honoring the victims of the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas by the President of the United States of America



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.