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Obama Orders White House Flag at Half-Staff in Memory of Chattanooga Victims

Five days after Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., killing four Marines and a Navy sailor, President Barack Obama ordered the White House and federal flags be lowered to half-staff in remembrance.

The president had taken plenty of heat over the weekend for not having lowered the flags, while the U.S. Capitol had done so. In a presidential proclamation Tuesday morning, however, Obama declared:

Our thoughts and prayers as a Nation are with the service members killed last week in Chattanooga. We honor their service. We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who stopped the rampage and saved lives. We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try and do us harm: We do not give in to fear. You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life.

According to his orders, the flags will remain at half-staff through sunset this Friday evening.

The move comes after many lawmakers — especially those from Tennessee — urged the president to order the White House flags lowered. Most prominent among the advocates were Reps. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the latter of whom tweeted this Tuesday morning:

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