Flags at half-staff to honor victims of attack in Orlando, Florida

Last Updated on June 12, 2016 by cassnetwork

As a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, 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, June 16, 2016. 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.

SOURCE: Office of the Press Secretary of the White House

Today’s Statement from President Barack Obama can be found here.


Indy Pride will host a vigil from 6-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis . Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Due to a simultaneous event in the Murat, nearby parking lots may be charging. Enter at the main marquee on Alabama Street. This event is free and all ages. More info here.

In accordance with a presidential proclamation issued this afternoon, Governor Mike Pence directs flags be flown at half-staff at state facilities statewide to honor the victims of Sunday’s terror attack in Orlando. Flags should be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Thursday, June 16. Governor Mike Pence also issued the following statement:

“Karen and I are shocked and saddened by the senseless act of terror committed in Orlando this morning,” said Governor Pence. “On behalf of the state of Indiana, we extend our prayers to the victims, their families, and the Orlando community. Today’s horrifying news stands as a grave reminder that we live in dangerous times and the war on terror continues.  For this reason we must commit to ensuring the safety and security of our people.”

Governor Pence has also asked the Indiana State Police to offer any assistance to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), particularly during a vigil tonight at the Old National Center in Indianapolis to honor the shooting victims in Orlando.

Today’s flag directive overlaps a previous directive from the Governor, which directed that flags be lowered to half-staff for the passing of Hoosier West Point Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey. Cadet Winey was one of nine soldiers killed when their truck overturned in a flooded area in Ft. Hood. He was in Fort Hood for Cadet Troop Leader Training. Flags for Cadet Winey should remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his funeral, Saturday, June 18.

SOURCE: News release from the Office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence