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Gov. Pat McCrory has joined President Barack Obama by ordering U.S. and North Carolina flags immediately lowered on state facilities in tribute to victims of the tragic bombing in Boston, Mass. Citizens are urged to follow this order as well. In a proclamation released by the White House, the president said:

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“As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, by the authority vested in me as president of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order 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, April 20, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”

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For flag information, contact DOA Public Information Officer Chris Mears at chris.mears@doa.nc.gov or (919) 807-2340. To join the North Carolina Flag Alert list serve, visit http://lists.ncmail.net/mailman/listinfo/flag.alerts. To view the North Carolina State Government Flag Guide, visit: http://www.doa.nc.gov/facility/documents/flagbrochure.pdf.

-Memorandum from the N.C. Department of Administration, shared April 16.

Angie Newsome

Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at anewsome@carolinapublicpress.org.

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