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Obama orders flags to be flown at half-staff to honor John Glenn

The president ordered the flags to remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his burial.
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President Barack Obama has ordered that flags to be flown at half-staff to honor John Glenn.

Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth and a former Senator from Ohio, passed away Thursday at the age of 95.

The president ordered that flags at the White House, all military posts, naval stations and vessels throughout the United States remain at half-staff through sunset on the day of Glenn's burial.

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You can read the entire proclamation below:

As a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, 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 interment.

I also 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 ninth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

BARACK OBAMA

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