Flags at half-staff in South Carolina, again

Flags at half-staff in South Carolina, again

July 21st, 2015 by Associated Press in Local Regional News

Members of the media film the American flag as it flies at half staff above the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, to honor the five U.S. service members who were killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tenn. last week. President Obama has ordered flags at all military and federal buildings and grounds through out the United States to remain at half-staff through July 25th. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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U.S. and state flags in South Carolina are flying at half-staff through Saturday to honor the five military service members killed in last week's shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Gov. Nikki Haley directed the lowering of flags on state property after President Barack Obama issued a proclamation Tuesday regarding U.S. flags flown at public buildings across the country.

Obama's order came five days after four Marines and one Navy sailor were killed during shootings at two Tennessee military sites. The president's move followed congressional orders to lower flags at the U.S. Capitol.

South Carolina also recently flew its flags at half-staff to honor nine black parishioners gunned down in Charleston last month. Their deaths sparked a nationwide conversation about race and Confederate symbols after photos emerged showing the man accused of the killings posing with the Confederate flag.