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President Obama Orders Flags To Be Flown At Half Staff In Honor Of Boston Marathon Victims Through April 20

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WSJ.COM - President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered U.S. flags around the country, and at embassies around the world, to be flown at half staff to honor the victims of the explosions Monday at the Boston Marathon.

The flags will be flown at half staff through April 20th and the move follows a pattern of lowering the flag to honor victims of tragedies. Flags were flown at half staff to honor the victims of the shootings in Aurora, Colo., Ft. Hood, Texas, and Oak Creek, Wisc. The president also ordered the flags lowered in the wake of the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the death of an ambassador and three other Americans.

Mr. Obama said the flags should be lowered "As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence." Three people died as a result of two explosions near the finish line of the popular Boston Marathon, and about 100 more were injured.

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