Flags at half-staff following Boston bombings

MADISON (WITI) -- Earlier Tuesday, April 16th, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation ordering flags to half-staff at all federal buildings, military posts, and installations until sunset on April 20, 2013, in remembrance and mourning of the tragic events in Boston.

In accordance with the President’s proclamation, the flags of the United States and State of Wisconsin will be flown half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations of the State of Wisconsin equipped with such flags beginning Tuesday, April 16, 2013, and ending at sunset on April 20, 2013.

On Monday, Governor Walker issued the following statement regarding the tragedy in Boston:

"There is no explanation for the kind of evil that seeks to destroy.  Our hearts go out to the victims of the bombing today in Boston.  Tonette and I join our fellow Americans in sending our prayers and deepest sympathies to those injured and the families of those killed."

President Obama's proclamation reads as follows:

"As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, 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, April 20, 2013.

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 sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh."