President Obama has finally ordered that the White House flags be lowered to half-staff in memory and honor of the five servicemen killed last week in Chattanooga. The U.S. Capitol flags were lowered earlier this morning.
The President also issued a statement:
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.
The move comes after much criticism over the past five days, noting that the White House had lowered the flags for other shooting victims, including those who perished at Ft. Hood, and for a number of celebrities, including Whitney Houston.
According to the White House, the flags will remain at half-staff through Friday evening.