Obama Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Kennedy
By Michael D. Shear
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. -- President Obama issued Wednesday a presidential proclamation on death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, calling him "one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy."
The proclamation orders that flags 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 on August 30, 2009."
The order extends the flag directive for "all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations."
The action is the first of what will be many official recognitions of Kennedy's life and career. It was released by the White House even as Obama spent time with his family at a private beach on the island.
Posted at 1:43 PM ET on Aug 26, 2009
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