UPDATED 9:09 AM PT – Friday, August 27, 2021
U.S. flags were lowered to half-staff in honor of the service members killed after suicide bombers hit Kabul. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said U.S. flags across the country would be lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect on Thursday, where they would remain until Monday night.
White House Press Secretary Jenn Psaki said U.S. flags across the country will be lowered to half staff as a sign of respect. She stated, “the United States flag will be flown at half-staff at the White House, upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, all naval vessels of the federal government in the District of Columbia, and throughout the United States and its territories.”
The deaths of U.S. service members in Afghanistan is a terrible tragedy. Flags are to be flown at half-staff, effective immediately, in recognition of today’s loss.https://t.co/1N97T8uRaP
— Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) August 27, 2021
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi also ordered for flags to be flown at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol. The orders come after 13 U.S. service members were killed and several more, including dozens of Afghan citizens, were injured following an explosion near the Kabul airport.
Pelosi said, “Congress and the country pray for the innocent lives lost, those injured and the families of all affected.” She went on to note, “the loss of lives of U.S. service members, of Afghans, is a tragedy, is horrific, is one of the worst things, if not the worst thing we have experienced during President Biden’s time in office.”
Several governors across the nation have ordered flags to be flown at half staff in their states. In the meantime, Psaki said Biden will do everything he can to honor the brave service members.
In honor of the Marines, Corpsman, Soldier, and civilians killed in the attack at the Kabul Airport, our flag will remain at half-staff until 30 August.
Semper Fidelis pic.twitter.com/fv4FuqrWXD
— U.S. Marine Corps Museum???????? (@USMCMuseum) August 27, 2021