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Obama Marathon Bombing Proclamation: Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff After Boston Attack

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has ordered flags at the White House and all government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of the Boston Marathon explosion victims.

Obama signed a proclamation making the order Tuesday morning, calling it a "mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence" perpetrated in Boston the previous day. He ordered flags to remain lowered through sunset Saturday.

Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 170 were wounded in Monday's bombing at the famous marathon's finish line.

Obama's entire proclamation:

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, 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, April 20, 2013. 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 sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

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