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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Chattanooga Victims

July 22, 2015, 8:26 AM HST
* Updated July 22, 8:29 AM
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Both the United States flag and the Hawai’i state flag are flying at half-staff until Saturday, under the direction of President Barack Obama.

The flags are flying at half-staff as a sign of respect for the service members who were killed in Chattanooga, Tenn. last week.

In the proclamation, President Obama said:

“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.”

Governor David Ige also said, “The tragedy in Tennessee reminds us that our service men and women risk their lives every day to ensure our freedoms. We grieve along with the families of those who lost loved ones.”

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