President orders flags half staff, honoring Chattanooga victims

The American flag is lowered to 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)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. flag atop the White House is flying at half-staff in remembrance of five service members killed in last week’s Chattanooga, Tennessee shooting.

President Barack Obama issued an order Tuesday to lower the flag, following similar moves at the U.S. Capitol and even by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The order also follows criticism of the White House.

U.S. flags flown at all public buildings and grounds, including military posts, will fly at half-staff until sunset Saturday.

Four Marines and one Navy sailor were killed during shootings by 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez at two Tennessee military sites.

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