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President Orders Flags at Half Staff to Honor Armstrong

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 27-Aug-2012
Updated: 27-Aug-2012 03:35 PM

President Obama issued a declaration today ordering U.S. flags to be flown at half staff on the day that Neil Armstrong is laid to rest.

Funeral plans for Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, are still being finalized, but various reports on Twitter say they will be private and will be held on Friday.  Whenever he is interred, the proclamation requires that American flags at the White House, on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all government naval vessels, in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions, as well as at U.S. embassies and other offices around the world, will be flown at half staff until sunset that day.

Armstrong died on Saturday at the age of 82 from complications following heart bypass surgery.


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