WHY ARE MOST TERRITORIAL FLAGS STILL FLYING HIGH?
This past Wednesday September 12, President Barack Obama ordered American Flags flying above government buildings, military vessels and posts around the world be flown at half-staff until sunset on September 16, ‘as a mark of respect’ for the victims of the attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday September 11.
Obama announced the order in presidential proclamation a few hours after he appeared in the Rose Garden of the White House to condemn the ‘outrageous and shocking attack’ that claimed the lives of the United States ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
The flag at the United States Post Office in Fagatogo, along with the flag at the Port of Pago Pago Container Terminal (shown here) were not at half-staff and have not been lowered since the order was given by the president on Wednesday. However, the flags at the EOB were flying at half staff on Thursday morning.