President Donald Trump signed a proclamation honoring the victims of the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The shooting in the middle-class community located about 45 miles (72 km) north of Miami, has claimed the lives of 17, thus far.
The Presidential Proclamation reads as follows:
Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, 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, February 19, 2018. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.
DONALD J. TRUMP
Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student who was removed from the school, was arrested Wednesday and charged Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, officials said.