Flags to fly at half-staff to honor second-longest-serving senator in U.S. history

Topic: Administrative

December 19, 2012

On the order of the president of the United States, Ball State University will lower its flags today (Wednesday, Dec. 19) to honor U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye,  who died Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Flags will remain lowered to half-staff until Inouye's interment.

Inouye, a highly decorated World War II combat veteran from Hawaii, was the first Japanese-American to be elected to Congress and served in the Senate for 50 years. He was 88.

The flag-lowering proclamation from President Obama follows:

As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator Daniel K. Inouye, President pro tempore of the Senate, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and consistent with President Nixon's Proclamation 3948, 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 on the day of his interment. I further direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period 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 eighteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA

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