Gov. John deJongh, Jr. ordered flags on all public buildings in the Virgin Islands be flown at half-staff until sunset on December 18, 2012, honoring the victims of the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
The move comes after a presidential proclamation issued by President Barack Obama.
“As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut…I hereby order 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 on December 18, 2012,” the proclamation read.
DeJongh said Friday that as a father of three children he and first lady Cecile deJongh feel the pain of the parents of those children who were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. “Everyone knows that there are no words to describe the loss of a child. It makes it even more heartbreaking knowing that this tragedy has happened because of another instance of senseless gun violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.”