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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of Two Mass Shootings

State flags will remain at half-staff through sunset on Aug. 8

President Donald Trump is ordering flags at half-staff in remembrance of the victims of two mass shootings in less than a day that killed 30 people and injured dozens more.

"Hate has no place in our country," Trump said as he addressed reporters briefly Sunday afternoon before boarding Air Force One.

A presidential proclamation released by the White House on Sunday says the nation shares "in the pain and suffering of all those who were injured in these two senseless attacks."

"I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, August 8, 2019," President Trump's proclamation stated.

The first attack Saturday at a shopping area in El Paso, Texas, killed 21 people. That was followed by another shooting in a nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, which claimed nine lives.

Yesterday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas flags across the state be lowered to half-staff in memory of those who lost their lives in El Paso.

State flags will remain at half-staff through sunset on Aug. 8.

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