BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Senator Edward M. Kennedy was not only one of the greatestsenators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americansever to serve our democracy. Over the past half-century, nearlyevery major piece of legislation that has advanced the civilrights, health, and economic well-being of the American peoplebore his name and resulted from his efforts. With his passing,an important chapter in our American story has come to an end.
As a mark of respect for the memory of Senator Edward M.Kennedy, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by theConstitution and laws of the United States of America, thatthe flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff atthe White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, atall military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vesselsof the Federal Government in the District of Columbia andthroughout the United States and its Territories and possessionsuntil sunset on August 30, 2009. I also direct that the flag ofthe United States shall be flown at half-staff until sunset onthe day of his interment. I further direct that the flag shallbe flown at half-staff for the same periods at all United Statesembassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilitiesabroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels andstations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand thistwenty-sixth day of August, in the year of our Lordtwo thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United Statesof America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
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