U.S. Flags to be Lowered to Half-Staff to Honor Troops Killed in Kabul Airport Attacks

On July 21, 2015, the American flag is lowered to half-staff above the White House to honor the five U.S. service members killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tenn., the week before. Nearly every day somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes are flying low, ordered to half-staff in one of the most significant gestures of mourning and respect. (Andrew Harnik, Associated Press file)

U.S. flags will be lowered to half-staff to honor the service members who were killed during attacks at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced.

“As a mark for respect, starting today the United States flag will 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 and the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories,” Psaki said.

The flags will be at half-staff until sunset Monday, Psaki added.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has also ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol, according to her deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Lexi Lonas

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