Flags at Half-Staff Through Veterans Day: Obama

President calls the move a 'modest tribute' to Fort Hood victims
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2009 11:55 AM CST
President Barack Obama walks to the podium in the Rose Garden of the White House today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama today ordered that American flags at all federal properties be flown at half-staff until Veterans Day—next Wednesday—to honor the people killed at Fort Hood yesterday. The gesture is “a modest tribute to those who lost their lives even as others were preparing to risk their lives for their country,” he said. The president called the massacre “one of the worst mass shootings ever to take place” on a military base, according to the Chicago Tribune.