Mar 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

A somber national tradition

Presidential proclamations to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff
Data: Federal Register; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

President Biden announced Tuesday that flags on all federal buildings would be lowered to half-staff until sundown Saturday to honor the victims of Monday's mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

The big picture: The flag over the White House had just returned to its normal position Monday night, after being lowered last week to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Atlanta.

In recent years, the sitting president has always called for flags to be lowered on certain occasions such as Memorial Day and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

  • Other proclamations in the last two decades represent dark moments for the nation, including 9/11, the death of former presidents and, more often in recent years, mass shootings.
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